GOP'S RECOVERY

Republican Attorneys on the Rise

Here is an example of Americans' short memory: many of the GOP's rising stars are U.S. attorneys. It was only two years ago that the Justice Department, under "I don't recall" Alberto Gonzales, was accused of rampant partisanship and ties to the Bush White House. Now, with the public wary of politicians, the title of "U.S. Attorney" carries a connotation of fair, nonpartisan and ethical. Across the country, attorneys appointed by Republicans are quickly climbing the party ranks, imbued with the air of a modern day Elliot Ness.