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White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales Not Best Nominee for U.S. Attorney General

For Immediate Release. November 11, 2004 On November 10, 2004, President George W. Bush selected White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to replace outgoing United States (US) Attorney General John Ashcroft.  This action should be viewed by social conservatives with caution.  

“The US Attorney General should be one who upholds and protects the US Constitution as well as the people of this nation.  Actions in the past by Mr. Gonzales make him very suspect for serving as attorney general,” said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy.  He added, “One should not be selected for the position of attorney general because he is a symbol of loyalty and discretion for the Bush Administration, but one who is best qualified and well suited to serve the interest of the American people.”  

In 2000, while serving on the Texas Supreme Court, Mr. Gonzales joined a majority of the judges in upholding a pregnant teenager's right to seek an abortion without notifying her parents.  In the case, scolding two conservative dissenters, Mr. Gonzales wrote that they engaged in “unconscionable judicial activism.”  As a result of this when President Bush appointed Priscilla R. Owen to a federal appeals court, Senate Democrats used Mr. Gonzales' words to defeat her nomination.  

Also, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales is a proponent of affirmative action.  In 2003 when the use of race in admissions at the University of Michigan came before the Supreme Court, Mr. Gonzales fiercely argued against the President's position that the University of Michigan admission policies should not give preference to students based on race.  In Mr. Gonzales' mindset, it is all right to overlook the fact that racial preferences do real harm to the very students they are intended to help.  It is outrageous as well as boorish to believe that blacks and other minorities cannot obtain college and professional degrees without the assistance of racial preferences.  Admissions to a university should be based on qualifications, not race; and the root cause of many minorities failing to obtain such qualifications is a public educational system that has failed these students.  The best way to resolve the educational inadequacies of these students is not through affirmative action, but through school choice.  

And early in the Bush Administration when Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that the justice department would embrace, for the first time ever, a view of the Second Amendment that regards gun possession as an individual right similar to freedom of speech or religion, Mr. Gonzales felt blindsided.  

“It is clear that President Bush is abandoning the social conservatives that allowed him to claim victory over Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry on November 2, 2004, “ said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski.  “ First, the President remained silent on pro-choice Senator Arlen Specter's desire to chair the senate judiciary committee. Then, he aggressively moved to resurrect his plan to legalize illegal aliens. And now, he appoints Mr. Gonzales who is not committed totally to pro-life principles as well as to the social engineering of our society through racial preferences in higher education instead of ensuring that these students have the skills necessary so they can succeed academically instead of struggling and failing at rates higher than they would in the absence of preferences.”  

One can clearly infer that Mr. Gonzales is not the right choice for US Attorney General when liberal Democratic New York Senator Charles Schumer, a member of the Senate Judiciary panel and vocal critic of Justice Department policy under the Bush Administration said, “It's encouraging that the President has chosen someone less polarizing.  We will have to review his record very carefully, but I can tell you already he's a better candidate than John Ashcroft.”

For Interviews Contact:

Joel P. Rutkowski, P.h.D.
President, The American Voice Institute Of Public Policy

jrutkowski@americanvoiceinstitute.org

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