Why Does This Guy Still Have a Job?
Why does Bradley Schlozman still have a job at the Justice Department? Why are taxpayers still funding his professional career despite a growing body of evidence that suggests he has brought nothing but shame and scandal and rank partisanship to the department? And if Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales can't bring himself to demand Schlozman's resignation, can he at least question his judgment?
It's just another example of the appalling lack of accountability, leadership and honor at the Justice Department.
This morning Carol D. Leonnig offered this in the Washington Post:
Karen Stevens, Tovah Calderon and Teresa Kwong had a lot in common. They had good performance ratings as career lawyers in the Justice Department's civil rights division. And they were minority women transferred out of their jobs two years ago -- over the objections of their immediate supervisors -- by Bradley Schlozman, then the acting assistant attorney general for civil rights.
Schlozman ordered supervisors to tell the women that they had performance problems or that the office was overstaffed. But one lawyer, Conor Dugan, told colleagues that the recent Bush appointee had confided that his real motive was to "make room for some good Americans" in that high-impact office, according to four lawyers who said they heard the account from Dugan.
If these women are right, then Schlozman was not truthful when he testified earlier this month before Congress.
Here's the ending to that article: "Schlozman was appointed interim U.S. attorney in Missouri in March 2006. But Congress subsequently started looking into why he was hired without any prosecution experience, and why he brought voter-fraud charges against a liberal voting organization five days before the election in a heated congressional race. Schlozman was reassigned this past March to a job in the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys."
So even as the prosecutor scandal has taken its toll at Justice (see below, for example), Schlozman, who has repeatedly shown terrible judgment (at best -- at worst, he has broken the law) and has made his bosses vulnerable to political and legal jeopardy, stays on.
Does this make sense to you? It sure doesn't make sense to me. Schlozman should be left to fend for himself in the private sector, where he can surround himself with "good Americans" and see how he does without the prestige and protection of the federal government. And every day he stays on the public dole is another day we can reasonably say that the attorney general is unwilling or incapable of performing even the most basic jobs of management.
Meanwhile, speaking of disgraced officials: Soon-to-be-former Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, the onetime golden child whose professional reputation has been forever tarnished by the U.S. attorney scandal, comes back to Capitol Hill this morning to explain away his earlier explanation about his role in last year's prosecutor purge. He also must convince lawmakers that former Justice Department official Monica Goodling got it all wrong when she threw him under the bus and accused him of being less than candid to the Congress. Good luck to him today-- and let's give him credit for at least knowing when to leave.
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