Hi kiddies, well it’s the big day so I’m gonna try to stay positive. For example, I’m not going to mention John Pacenti’s solid coverage of this report on Alex Acosta’s supervision of “good American” Bradley Schlozman.
First, some fun background on Scholzman:
“Bradley J. Schlozman is systematically attempting to purge all Civil Rights appellate attorneys hired under Democratic administrations,” the lawyer wrote, saying that he appeared to be “targeting minority women lawyers” in the section and was replacing them with “white, invariably Christian men.” The lawyer also alleged that “Schlozman told one recently hired attorney that it was his intention to drive these attorneys out of the Appellate Section so that he could replace them with ‘good Americans.'”
This is from John’s article:
Acosta served as assistant attorney general for the civil rights division from August 2003 to June 2005; Schlozman succeeded him on an interim basis for five months and was succeeded by Wan Kim.
“We concluded that Acosta and Kim did not sufficiently supervise Schlozman,” the report states. “In light of indications they had about Schlozman’s conduct and judgment, they failed to ensure that Schlozman’s hiring and personnel decisions were based on proper considerations.”
Acosta declined comment through a spokeswoman.
Schlozman’s attorney, William Jordan of Atlanta-based Alston & Bird, issued a statement saying the report was “inaccurate, incomplete, biased, unsupported by law and contrary to the facts.”
South Florida attorneys contacted for this article were reluctant to talk about the report on the record.
Kendall Coffey, who served as U.S. attorney as a Democratic appointee, defended Acosta, a Republican appointee, saying his record on hiring as U.S. attorney is exemplary.
“It’s not uncommon for agency heads to delegate hiring due to the many other responsibilities they face,” Coffey said. “Look at his real record on hiring and the hiring he has done as U.S. attorney. It has been based on very high standards, and there is no taint of any partisanship.”
Weird — they were able to reach Kendall Coffey for a comment.Oh well, good times. But why look back (to paraphrase Dylan) –it’s a new day, right?
So whether you’ll be watching the inauguration at the Arsht Center, or at Gusman, or Tobacco Road, or in the conference room at your law firm, have a good time, send some good vibes and let’s keep our fingers crossed.
As that obscure songwriting duo from Liverpool put it, “you got to admit it’s getting better (it can’t get much worse)”……