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Gonzo's Unsolicited Advice to McCain and Obama

Alberto Gonzales probably wouldn't be the first person Barack Obama or John McCain would turn to for guidance. Just look how the former Bush attorney general's legal advice on torture, wiretapping and secret overseas prisons turned out -- not to mention his decision to fire nine U.S. attorneys (which he doesn't remember).

Alberto Gonzales
Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (Getty Images)

But Gonzales is giving the two presidential candidates advice anyway -- unsolicited -- in an op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times titled "What Latinos Want From Their President."

"Beyond immigration, both parties need to forge closer relationships with Latino voters," Gonzales writes. "They need to connect with and make use of surrogates, as the Democrats have done with L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. ... More important, they need to embrace policies from the Latino point of view."

It looks like Gonzales, who has had a tough time finding a new job or even speaking gigs since he was forced to resign last August, may have found a niche writing opinion pieces. Maybe writing relieves his anxiety. Because he's surely on pins and needles waiting for the next big shoe to drop in the U.S. attorneys firings scandal: Another report is due this summer from the Justice Department inspector general on Gonzales's controversial tenure.

A separate report last month by Justice Department investigators found that scores of highly qualified students and law school graduates were denied coveted positions at Justice because they were perceived as too liberal.

As Nick Lewis of the New York Times reported last April, Gonzales has had a heck of a time finding a new job. The former attorney general "has been unable to interest law firms in adding his name to their roster," Lewis wrote. Gonzales put out inquires to various firms but "has not found any takers."

Gonzo, as the tabloids call him, has also had a rough ride of it on college campuses, as the Sleuth reported last December.

But none of this, or the continued scrutiny of his tenure in the Bush administration, is stopping Gonzo from doling out advice to McCain and Obama.

"I have said often that Latinos share a common prayer: 'Just give me a chance to succeed.' I believe that the candidate who will win Latino votes is the one who understands that desire and who will engage the issue of racial equality for Americans of all colors," Gonzales writes in today's op-ed. "It's politically wise. More important, it is the right thing to do for our nation."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 2, 2008; 1:58 PM ET
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Gonzo the muppet?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

He's not worth the time to read unless the article is about him onward to the slammer!

Posted by: Ed | July 3, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

You wrote that Gonzo "put out inquires to various firms...."

Is that another way to spell "inquiries"? Old-fashioned but correct?

Just curious.

Posted by: MD | July 3, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Gonzales wrote, "they need to embrace policies from the Latino point of view." How about suggesting leaders embrace politics from a fair, just and impartial point of view? Perhaps if Gonzales had been more even-handed and honorable in his Attorney General duties he wouldn't be having so much trouble finding employment.

Posted by: Marcee | July 3, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Republicans is that they say they are not for affirmative action but then give us Clarence Thomas and Alberto Gonzalez, two guys who had mediocre track records and had no business gaining those appointments.

I liked his op-ed piece. Latinos want liberty and justice? Liberty, yes. Justice, no. Otherwise the latin community would be telling the fence jumpers to go home and wait in line behind their countrymen who have had the grace and dignity to respect America and her laws.

How about... ask not what America can do for latinos, can latinos learn to speak English?

Don't give me that racial equality rap. Latinos who speak English well, like Jimmy Smits, can be just as successful as whites and blacks and indians and asians.

And what the hell is a latino anyways. People from Spain, which is in Europe, next to Italy. As far as I'm concerned latinos are as white as Italians.

Nobody's keeping latins down. Learn the language. And don't jump the fence.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 3, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

It is mildly reassuring to read that Herr Gonzalez is having trouble finding new employment, now that he has stepped down from the Fourth Reich. Its a poor substitute for news that he has been extradited to the Hague to stand trial for war crimes, along with other members of the criminal conspiracy, but it will have to do, for now.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | July 3, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Hellok Hellok

Baloney ville?
Get off my beachballs.
If anyone needed Mario Coumo bad its him.
Try McManus and Partners at Citi Plaza.
Downstairs at Church of St Peter the Apostle you can say a prayer for the pretenders. SNL Players include.
In the meantime say hello to Ellio Spitzer
and try to find out what happpened to State Attroney Charles (Charlie Sciarra )
of New Jersey after he appeared on Channerl 4 WNBC TV New York last January on a New Jersey State case.
After that see if he's SIRGONZO420 AT
DIGG.COM & find out if he's really talking about JOHN 420 or is he a ReCollect of St Augustine. If not then Gonzo just a Nick Name for AKAwalker.
And if you can't find his favorites page trying looking him up via Pravda.RU
He posts there under the same name.
If that doesn't do it try this link:


After all that then let me know if you need any other information about Wednesday February 29 2012AD or I guess we're still voting on October 1 and November 2 2008

Remember the Maine
Remember Tallahasee
(he's the Government of Spring Valley NY, try Kennedy Blvd.)
Charlie Crist (you know it aint' easy!besides you should see his new buzz cut since the wedding. PS should be home by Boca Raton Season)Both Charlies that is.

Vote for America
Into the Future and Back to the Age of the Pioneers.

Cheers and Tallyho
We might not be here till Fox season's done at this rate.

dePaul Consiglio

Posted by: depaulconsiglio | July 4, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

The last line, from a man who NEVER did the right thing for the country is now telling others what is the right thing to do. give me a break! or does he think he may get mc cain to give him a job????PLEASE!!!!

Posted by: medleys | July 5, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Gonzales has no problems...look for a Presidential pardon, just around the next corner. Unless, of course, he decides to write a book.

Posted by: madisonhack | July 6, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Would you want to add Gonzo to your business roster? I don't think so! He probably wouldn't qualify for my state's civil service list. I do hope, though, that he lands on his feet and finds a job. He just can't be too fussy during the job selection process (nothing in the legal or other area where integrity is important). He should try for a political job; no doubt the Republicans could find him one.

Posted by: Dave | July 7, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

gonzales is the end product of a sleazy administration

Posted by: noislacker | July 7, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow, "MD" your wit is killing me.

Posted by: Ayame | July 7, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Oh no, this guy apparently considers himself a spokesperson for the hispanic community. And what the hell is the LA Times giving this dirtbag space in their rag for?

Posted by: edfeeney | July 7, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Alberto is soul searching , feeling reflective, and hopefully simmering in guilt for his obvious intellectual dishonesty. Perhaps this is just a warm up to a greater shedding of old demons--possibly a McClellan moment. and away to in some way validate himself as a "good person" with some use for society. The only redemption people tangled in this administration's sticky web of collusion will be to aid in its long awaited implosion.

Posted by: Paul | July 7, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

To steal, uh paraphrase, from Dan Jenkins in Dead Solid Perfect... "There are two things I don't do about Alberto Gonzalez and both of them are care!" It isn't so much that he was incompetent as Attorney General, but that the Bush Admnistration felt empowered to put him there in the first place. Falling on one's sword can be viewed as admirable as long as one doesn't appear to be abysmally ignorant as to why one is doing it or having no higher purpose than loyalty to a master. The US AG has to be more than a self-sacrificing lap dog.

Posted by: MBro | July 7, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

WELL PUT MBro ! Need we say more?

Posted by: eL Zaslaw | July 7, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Alberto Gonzalez represents the gratest shame for the Latino Population.
We latins are not that kind of rotten sewer conten.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 8, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

At the Latino Organization speech today did anybody hear John McCain say he loves his country almost more than anything, the optimum word being almost. What the big thing then when Michell Obama says that she's never been more proud of her country than she is right now.

Posted by: Mr.Suane B.Huff | July 8, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

What happens to a muppet boiled in oil?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 9, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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