View Full Version : Politics IS Performance, especially when it comes to law enforcement

Osborne Russell
04-11-2007, 01:37 PM
"Loyal Bushies wanted. The merely competent and experienced need not apply."

Rachel Paulose, Esq., replaced former U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger, who resigned in February 2006, from the U.S. Attorney’s office for Minnesota.

Paulose, 34, is the youngest sitting U.S. attorney. She served as a special assistant to Gonzales and senior counsel to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, who has testified before the judiciary committee about the firings. She also has been a Republican Party contributor and volunteer. Her resume indicates membership in the Federalist Society, a conservative legal affairs group.

Paulose shakeup spills into national controversy over U.S. attorneys

Pioneer Press
Article Last Updated: 04/06/2007 06:38:15 PM CDT

Minnesota U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose tried Friday to downplay the resignations of three top aides, but she couldn't keep the shakeup from getting drawn into the furor over the hiring and firing of the nation's top prosecutors.

Three of Paulose's ranking assistants surrendered their management posts Thursday to become rank-and-file prosecutors, expressing frustration with her dictatorial management style and priorities, according to sources familiar with the situation.

Paulose said the public would benefit from having the veteran prosecutors handling cases.

"We have work to do," Paulose said in written statement. "The office remains focused on our law enforcement priorities and service to the community."

Does this mean that there is after all a difference between “our work”, i.e. ”law enforcement priorities and service to the community “? If so, why were the eight other US Attorneys fired?

Paulose apologizes to staff in wake of resignations

The U.S. attorney for Minnesota, Rachel Paulose, apologized to her staff this week for "her mistakes" in the wake of the self-demotions of three of the top prosecutors in her office, her spokeswoman said Tuesday

Not her fault, but she apologizes anyway. For what? I guess if you need to apologize for something specific, this would do:

Shakeup at U.S. attorney's office
Four top assistants resign management posts

Pioneer Press
TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press

Four top assistants to Minnesota U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose resigned their management posts today after expressing frustrations with her management style and priorities, according to sources familiar with the situation . . .

The attorneys will keep jobs in the office, but no longer will have supervisory duties, the sources said.

"This is a decapitation of the office," said a source with knowledge of the office. "I've never heard of anything like this. People work all their lives to be at these high levels in the office. This is an extraordinary event."

The attorneys who gave up their leadership posts are Paulose's first assistant U.S. attorney John Marti, chief of the criminal division James Lackner and chief of the civil division Erika Mozangue. Acting administrative officer Tim Anderson also stepped down from his leadership role, sources say.

A source said managers had been unhappy with Paulose and decided to collectively resign.

"They did it jointly because they couldn't stand her anymore," the source said, citing what been described as her "dictatorial management style and general lack of management experience."

In short they were political failures, wrongly focused on performance, and wrongly distinguishing politics from performance.

Anyway, these guys in the US Attorney’s Office for Minnesota agree that they didn’t have what it takes to manage the place, which Ms. Paulose does because she’s never done it. Those who say otherwise do not serve the pleasure of the President so who cares what they say?

Top Gonzales Aide Resigns After Refusing to Testify
April 9, 2007
Margaret Talev and Marisa Taylor


Adding to the turmoil, four top deputies in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota have resigned their leadership posts in an apparent protest of the leadership of Minnesota U.S. Attorney Rachel Paulose, 34, who was appointed a year ago after serving as an assistant to Gonzales and his top deputy, Paul McNulty.

The situation in Minnesota "will send shock waves through the rank and file," said a former Justice Department lawyer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he's in regular contact with federal prosecutors. "The terrible truth is, U.S. attorney's offices are demoralized. The morale throughout the country is as low as it has ever been."

The lawyer also said he'd spoken with two assistant U.S. attorneys who'd been approached to fill vacant U.S. attorney positions in Arizona, California, Florida and New Mexico. He said they declined to be considered because "The turmoil is just not worth it."

. . . In a statement that her office issued, she said "the management team supports the decisions of the three who stepped down." It's unclear what that means, because her four deputies who stepped aside composed the management team.
(emphasis added)

So finally the Department of Justice is being properly run. Get the focus back on politics, where it belongs, by causing self-demotion if possible; firing when necessary; and discouraging applicants who find that political turmoil distracts them from their work as prosecutors. I’m sorry; we have work to do.

Nicholas Carey
04-11-2007, 06:10 PM
She also has been a Republican Party contributor and volunteer. Her resume indicates membership in the Federalist Society, a conservative legal affairs group.Isn't membership in the Federalist Society how a lot of the occupation government in Iraq got their jobs -- the white house just got a list of names from the Federalist Society, mostly kids fresh out of college and hired them -- 21/22 year olds with no real-world experience of anything were running big chunks of Iraq and spending millions of dollars in cash with no oversight.

More of the same ol' same old :rolleyes: