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Posted at 1:42 PM ET, 12/16/2010

Gray plucks House counsel for next D.C. attorney general

By Tim Craig
Christopher Dean Hopkins

D.C. Mayor-elect Vincent C. Gray will announce this afternoon that he's nominating Irvin Nathan, the current general counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, to be the city's next attorney general.

Nathan, whom House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named House counsel in 2007, will replace Attorney General Peter Nickles if he is confirmed by the D.C. Council.

Gray's pick comes as somewhat of a surprise: Many observers had expected him to nominate an African American or a woman to the position.

Gray said Nathan was recommended to him by famed lawyer Robert S. Bennett, who last year ran an independent probe of D.C. Council member Marion Barry's issuing of a city contract to his then-girlfriend.

Gray will hold a news conference at 1:30 p.m. to also announce that he's retaining Police Chief Cathy Lanier, and to name Paul A. Quander Jr. the deputy mayor for public safety. Quander is currently director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

By Tim Craig  | December 16, 2010; 1:42 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Gray has always said he will name the best people for the jobs. It would appear that Irvin Nathan would be a coup for the administration.

Posted by: peterdc | December 16, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Ds ousted. Guy needs a job. Guy wants to stay in government and in dc. Guy now has a great place to unveil all sorts of democratic socialist experts. Should be pretty interesting; fasten seat belts DC residents!

Posted by: lovinliberty | December 16, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"Many observers had expected him to nominate an African American or a woman to the position."

What a sad commentary.

Posted by: HT12 | December 16, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

@lovinliberty: Take a volume.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | December 16, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"Many observers had expected him to nominate an African American or a woman to the position."
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"Many observers" is codeword for media Fenty fanatics who have been hating on Gray since being elected.

Craig, DeBonis, Rose-Barras, and crew.

I'm sure they will criticize age, this is how petty they really are.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | December 16, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Any AG other than Nickles would be a step up.

Posted by: starclimber9 | December 16, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Finally I can say to Gray, good move. Your choice for attorney general is excellent.

Posted by: faineant | December 16, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Don't know anything about him, but I agree with starclimber9. Nickles was terrible.

Posted by: johng1 | December 16, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lovinliberty: "Ds ousted. Guy needs a job. Guy wants to stay in government and in dc. Guy now has a great place to unveil all sorts of democratic socialist experts. Should be pretty interesting; fasten seat belts DC residents!"

lovinliberty, what are you talking about? You, my friend, are an idiot!

Posted by: lacy41 | December 21, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

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