Of Friendships and Politics
Senator Ken Salazar today criticized Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' leadership role at the department of justice in light of the recent situation concerning the firing of United States attorneys. Senator Salazar also introduced a bill today that would fine or imprison anyone attempting to coerce, pressure, or attempt to influence a U.S. Attorney's decision whether to commence the investigation or prosecution of a person based on that person's race, religion, sex, national origin, political activities, or political beliefs. In his statement on the floor of the United States Senate Sen. Salazar said, "I am disappointed that the Department of Justice may have blurred the line between representation of President Bush and representation of the people of the Untied States. I understand that distinction well â€“ having served as both Chief Counsel to the Governor of Colorado and later as Attorney General. Those are two very different positions â€“ one requires representation of an individual and his administration, the other requires representation of the people of the United States. If Attorney General Gonzales has indeed crossed this line, then he has forfeited his right to lead the Department of Justice."This is a start, and it's probably time for Salazar to go even further in calling publicly for Gonzales to resign. It's one thing to stick up for a friend, but it's another thing entirely to follow them down with a ship sunk by their own actions. In the same way that star professional athletes must choose to cut ties with old friends whose criminal activity threatens their political future, Salazar should feel free to stand up and say goodbye to Gonzales.
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