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).
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."
Mary Ann Akers
July 2, 2008; 1:58 PM ET
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