President Obama’s nomination of Kenneth Polite to be the next local U.S. Attorney has to win the support of the entire United States Senate. And that’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
President Barack Obama’s nomination of local attorney Kenneth Polite to be the next U.S. Attorney needs the support of both our senators. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, recommended Polite. Based on Polite’s experience and qualifications, there’s no reason for the rest of the Senate not to support him.
For a man in his mid-30s, Polite has an impressive resume. He’s a New Orleans native, a graduate of De La Salle High School, Harvard University and Georgetown Law Center. He clerked for a federal appeals court judge and served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York — one of the busiest and most prestigious U.S. Attorney’s offices in the country. At every turn, he earned high marks.
Equally important, the local U.S. Attorney’s office needs a leader who will be here for the long haul. Interim U.S. Attorney Dana Boente has restored prosecutorial focus to the office after the recent online commenting scandals. Now it’s time for Jim Letten’s permanent replacement to take the reins.
Polite already has significant support from local business and political leaders in both parties. Hopefully, both our senators will follow suit.