Friday, June 22, 2007

Schlozman Didn't Just Want Republicans, He Wanted The Right Kind Of Republicans

This morning The Washington Post's Carol D. Leonnig takes an in depth look at the staffing practices of our old buddy Bradley Schlozman during his time as head of the civil rights division. Her article begins

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.
Leonnig further reports that "Schlozman asked a supervisor if a career lawyer who had voted for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a onetime political rival of President Bush, could still be trusted."
"When he said he didn't engage in political hiring, most of us thought that was just laughable," said one lawyer in the section, referring to Schlozman's June 5 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Everything Schlozman did was political. And he said so."
It seems Schlozman was and remains a loyal Bushie to the core. Less than a year and an half until the next election. I guess then he will turn into a pumpkin, because even if he stays out of prison he won't have much future as a lawyer.