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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:32 AM

Aide: Deval Patrick Doesn't Want To Be Attorney General

Source: BuzzFeed

Aide: Deval Patrick Doesn't Want To Be Attorney General

The boiler-plate denial?

Zeke Miller
BuzzFeed Staff

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick doesn't want the job of Attorney General said an aide, a day after he dined with President Barack Obama at the White House.

Alex Goldstein, the Executive Director of Patrick's political committee "TogetherPAC," said in a statement to BuzzFeed that the governor's visit was "social."

"The Governor has the only job in public life that he wants and he looks forward to completing his term as Governor," Goldstein said. "The purpose of the trip was a social dinner and nothing more."

Patrick was considered for the post before Attorney General Eric Holder was selected in 2008, and has widely been viewed as angling to replace Holder as soon as next year.

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Reply Aide: Deval Patrick Doesn't Want To Be Attorney General (Original post)
DonViejo Nov 2012 OP
loudsue Nov 2012 #1
freshwest Nov 2012 #8
ReRe Nov 2012 #12
freshwest Nov 2012 #15
Kelvin Mace Nov 2012 #13
loudsue Nov 2012 #14
Kelvin Mace Nov 2012 #19
djg21 Nov 2012 #16
Kelvin Mace Nov 2012 #20
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #2
freshwest Nov 2012 #9
djg21 Nov 2012 #17
freshwest Nov 2012 #18
Thrill Nov 2012 #3
Paulie Nov 2012 #10
CoffinEd Nov 2012 #4
Submariner Nov 2012 #5
Pbs1914 Nov 2012 #7
TomCADem Nov 2012 #11
Pbs1914 Nov 2012 #6
rasputinkhlyst Nov 2012 #21
Ashened Nov 2012 #22

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:52 AM

1. I want Eliot Spitzer.

And I don't care who he buggers.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:53 AM

8. I wonder if he could ever get confirmed? He's a sharp one.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:44 PM

12. Yes Elliott could....

... if Reid gets on the stick and hammers down that filibuster rule from 60 to 55. Yes, that is one confirmation hearing I would love to see. And yes, he is the very best man in the country for the post. He had begun cleaning up Wall Street & I think even the SEC when they nailed him. It was blackmail. Pure-T-old-fashioned blackmail. Like the poster above said... "I don't care who he buggers."

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Response to ReRe (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:08 PM

15. I agree. There is assassination and character assassination. Both work effectively.

Once the media owners, oligarchs and GOP operatives decide someone has to be ushered away from the action, it's their oldest trick. It's used very effectively against Democrats, because they don't want any taint to their ideas of good governance.

It's ineffective against the GOP since they are the party claiming all government is evil, seeking to dismantle it, or rather cut it into pieces to fit into their sponsors' pockets. So their moral lapses do not effect their voting block who intend to profit off of other citizens they do not know and are taught to despise.

The Kennedys are an example of both methods of assassination being employed. Kill off them literally or kill off their ideals. The people of MA didn't fall for the strategy, even though nationally more of them did, until myth became fact to them, without really looking at the players.

To know what a person really is, you need to know their supporters, but even more so, their enemies. Not to them personally, but their philosophy and who that effects.


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Response to loudsue (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:56 PM

13. Yeah, but McConnel does

And unless Reid keeps his word.

Patrick Fitzgerald would be a better joice.

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Response to Kelvin Mace (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:57 PM

14. Fitzgerald? ... I disagree, David

I really didn't like the way he handled the Scooter Libby trial. He gave too much ground to the bush team.

Hello, by the way!!

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Response to loudsue (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:58 PM

19. Hey!

Been awhile. I hope you are well.

If my choice is any Dem currently in office who is actually liberal, i'd prefer Fitz. If i could pick anyone, i would go with Vincent Bugliousi. He sure as hell would scare BushCo.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:12 PM

16. More likely the current NYAG Schneiderman.

There has been some buzz about Schneiderman leaving NY and going to Washington. No one comes close to Spitzer as for as capability and smarts. But I can't see Spitzer ever being appointed or confirmed. Too much baggage. If not AG, I can see Schneiderman going to a Cabinet position somewhere.

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Response to djg21 (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:59 PM

20. I could go for him

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:56 AM

2. How about the AG out of New York??

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:55 AM

9. I think if he's the one bringing charges now, he'd best stay and work with a new AG.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:37 PM

17. Schneiderman would be a good choice.

Obama could take Schneiderman to DC! Schneiderman is progressive, and could remain involved in the financial industry investigation as the USAG.

As a practical matter, his own personal political ambitions would be best served if he joins the Obama administration, I don't know if he will want to wait until Cuomo leaves to run for Governor. Cuomo and Schneiderman also have a strained relationship, and if Cuomo somehow is elected President, there is no way that Schneiderman could obtain a Cabinet appointment or other prominent national position.

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Response to djg21 (Reply #17)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:58 PM

18. But who would replace him, someone as keen or more compliant to Wall Street's will?

There are things the NY State AG can do that few people can, due to knowledge of the financial sector and familiarity with the people in it. That is a lifetime of experience that is not easily gained.

Obama could make use of him, sure, but look what happened when he took Napolitano from AZ, which ended with the Teahadists and Brewer going full blown wacko.

These lower positions can be more important on the ground than what others in D.C. do. More is determined at the state level than the federal, such as voting practices. The misery of this last election was created locally, not by Washington, D.C.

But you likely know a lot more about what is going on New York state, I'm on the Left Coast.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:01 AM

3. I think Lisa Madigan gets it

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Response to Thrill (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:12 PM

10. I think it's a real possibility

Another could be Patrick Fitzgerald....

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:06 AM

4. Not the least bit surprised

Patrick is my governor and he said he would finish his term. As the article points out, Patrick also said the same thing (he would finish his term as governor of MA) when his name was at the top of the short list for AG back in 2008.

I was pretty sure the dinner was purely social -- given that the president and the governor are really good friends, and nothing more. I think the Times and other papers that picked up the story about the dinner really being an exploratory meeting to discuss the AG job was an attempt to report 'news' when there really wasn't any.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:30 AM

5. One of the next SCOTUS appointments

an opposite Clarence Thomas judge.

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Response to Submariner (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:47 AM

7. A mindless rubber stamper for the left

Too bad that a qualification that leads one to the left in the first place is usually an open mind, or even a brain that thinks about "stuff."

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Response to Submariner (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 12:26 PM

11. I think he will be a favorite...

Though Harold Koh and Jackqueline Ngyuen will also be given consideration since it puts Republicans in the position of once again roadblocking APAs, a minority group, that is vital to their chances in the upcoming elections.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 11:46 AM

6. Wise to move away from a AA attorney General

I say this politically as the Right wing will continue to go after any AA in that position tying up the ability to actually prosecute all these white collar criminals, election fraud, etc. etc. Put a qualified Hispanic in the position and let them attack that person while continuing to alienate the Hispanic vote. Or leave that person out of all the political grandstanding while real work gets done. That would be the cynical but politically astute thing to do in this latest arena of identity/racial politics.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:26 PM

21. Sheldon Whitehouse

Would be a good choice.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:36 AM

22. If Hillary is stepping down as SecState...

can she be Attorney General? I would like that.

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