Bush Loyalist Leaves Post Amid Staff Turmoil
Rachel K. Paulose, the youngest U.S. attorney, who came to symbolize the administration’s preference for political loyalty over ability, has been recalled to Washington from her post in Minnesota, where her office reportedly is in turmoil. She once claimed she was politically persecuted because she was a conservative and a Christian.
Whatever their reasons, it’s clear members of Paulose’s staff did not like her. During her tenure, at least four senior lawyers took voluntary demotions in protest.
New York Times:
In an unusual public statement on a conservative blog last week, Ms. Paulose suggested that she was a victim of “McCarthyite hysteria that permits the anonymous smearing of any public servant who is now, or ever may have been, a member of the Federalist Society, a person or faith and/or a conservative (especially a young, conservative woman of color).”
Ms. Paulose, a Christian who was born in India and is the youngest United States attorney in the country, is a former member of the Federalist Society, a conservative lawyers’ group whose members have assumed many high-ranking posts in the Bush administration.