It’s A Shark Eat Shark World

Boy is the Department of Justice having a bad hair person excuse week.

First the firing backfired. Then the reasons for firing all those people got zapped. NOW it turns out they can’t even make up good reasons for choosing the replacements.

According to ThinkProgress 

In a Dec. 26, 2006 article in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Justice Department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse explained that they “temporarily” appointed Griffin, rather than Bud Cummins’ deputy Jane Duke, because Duke was pregnant:

He noted that often, the first assistant U.S. attorney in the affected district will serve as the acting U.S. attorney until the formal nomination process begins for a replacement. But in this case, “the first assistant is on maternity leave,” he said, referring to Jane Duke, who gave birth to twins earlier than expected the same week of the announcement.

On Jan. 11, Pryor wrote a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and took issue with the Justice Department’s excuse:

I am astonished that the reason given by your office for the interim appointment is that the First Assistant U.S. Attorney is on maternity leave and therefore would not be able to perform the responsibilities of the appointment. … This concerns me on several levels, but most importantly it uses pregnancy and motherhood as conditions that deny an appointment. While this may not be actionable in a public employment setting, it clearly would be in a private employment setting. The U.S. Department of Justice would never discriminate against women in this manner. [emphasis in ThinkProgress post]

You know. I just don’t understand why Kyle Sampson was fired. I mean didn’t he warn of political fallout. Didn’t he want everyone on message.

*sigh* You just can’t appoint good help these days.

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