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Republican Reaction
to Gonzales Exit

It took longer than the Democrats, but the GOP candidates for president have begun reacting to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said Gonzales should be recognized for "many years of
public service to the State of Texas and to the people of the United
States" but added that it was time to go.

"I believe the Attorney General made the right decision to step aside," Romney said in a statement. "The resignation is an opportunity for President Bush to renew the nation's commitment to the law enforcement officers and personnel who are dedicated to enforcing the rule of law and protecting the American people from the threat of terrorism around the globe."

Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani was more succint: "Judge Gonzales served his nation honorably and I wish him well in the next phase of his career."

There was no immediate statement from Arizona Sen. John McCain or former sen. Fred Thompson, who is expected to join the race in the next week.

--Michael D. Shear

By Washington Post editors  |  August 27, 2007; 3:12 PM ET
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Well, he is gone so lets just forget then lets just forget him and get someone who is able to do the job according to the job description, not the way ole george wants it to be!

Posted by: loisfairley | August 28, 2007 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Alberto left without matching Janet Reno's body count. You won't hear that from a columnist for the Washington Compost.

Posted by: lpcary | August 27, 2007 9:28 PM | Report abuse

"Gonzales' resignation was inevitable," said John Gage, president of the American Federation of Government Employees. "He lacked proper judgment, and his outright refusal to be honest and upstanding was a disservice to the DoJ."

The above article says it all. And yet Bush doggedly plods on, defending these people and their dishonest & unscupulous behaviour. Disgusting!

Posted by: 10emlet | August 27, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The Republican reaction you WON'T hear about the Perjurer General is this subtext to any statements they might make: thank God this lying embarrassment is leaving town.

Posted by: reporter1 | August 27, 2007 7:31 PM | Report abuse

When it was Clinton, it wasn't politics, it was a fight for the Morality. When it's a fight for the constitution and a fight against a new monarchy, it's dragging a good man through the mud. What horseshot!

Posted by: thebobbob | August 27, 2007 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Our Liar-in-Chief thinks the Liar Attorney General was 'dragged through the mud." Well, of course. One needs to continually lie to cover up the truth, don't they?

If there is anything positive (?) to say about President Chuckle-N*tz, it's that he is consistent. He consistently appoints cronies who are without merits for their jobs; consistent in his refusal to recognize their poor performances (heck of a job, Brownie); consistent in praising and awarding them Medals of Freedom for their disregard of law and order and the US constitution; consistently acting like the American people are a freaking dumb as he is!!!

And the GOP base (some of them, that is) still supports him. They must like their leaders to be ineffective, stupid and thick-headed. What a great country this is!!

Posted by: Bobach | August 27, 2007 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Now if we can get a A.G that abides by our Constitution and enforces our Immigration laws maybe can cut back the anchor babies that are populating the gangs and welfare rolls.

Posted by: american1 | August 27, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Someone keep track of Guiliani's pandering to the crazy Bush base, so we can beat him over the head with it in the general election campaign.

At least he limits his BS to short sentences the Bushbots can understand. Not like that pompous, empty windbag Romney.

Yeeuch, I feel dirty just saying their names.

Posted by: Bud0 | August 27, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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