From the diaries by Erick.
This week it’s a Gretna City Councilman. (Gretna is the parish seat of Jefferson, suburban New Orleans.)
That’s not really news.
The really interesting story here is that U.S. Attorney Jim Letten is the guy going after these clowns. Letten is a Republican and an eight-year Bush appointee who has the support of both Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA).
With both Louisiana senators now in agreement, Letten, the GOP’s choice for the job eight years ago, appears to be a lock to win Senate approval and hold onto his spot as the Justice Department’s top man in the New Orleans area. President Barack Obama, however, has the final say on whether Letten’s name is submitted for a vote.
Cautioning that her recommendation is only a first step in the process, Landrieu expressed confidence that Obama will nominate Letten, a registered Republican appointed by President George W. Bush.
“I think Jim Letten has good support from a broad range of Democrats as well as Republicans, ” Landrieu said as the U.S. attorney stood at her side for a news conference on the steps of the state Supreme Court.
“And I think President Obama said as he ran for this office that he wanted to reach across the aisle and build bridges and find middle ground. And I don’t think that he’s going to find this recommendation unusual.” [emphasis added]
This would seem to be a case where the grownups on both sides of the aisle agree that what The People need is not Hope and Change, but More of the Same.