Who’s the Boss? Nickles?
Does Peter Nickles want to be the District’s full-time attorney general? That question has been buzzing around since Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) named him interim attorney general in December, after Linda Singer resigned.
At the time, Fenty said Nickles, formerly the mayor’s general counsel, would not seek the permanent job, in part because he lives in Great Falls. Cabinet members must live in the District.
But when Nickles appeared Monday before the D.C. Council’s Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, he said he would consider accepting the position if Fenty asked him. If nominated, he pledged to move to the city.
“If the mayor decides I can do the job effectively, I will satisfy the residency,” Nickles told the committee.
After the hearing, committee Chairman Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), one of Fenty’s chief critics on the council, said there’s no way he’d cast a vote to confirm Nickles. Mendelson has been critical of Nickles, saying he overstepped his authority as general counsel and made several unwise policy recommendations to the mayor, such as Fenty’s short-lived decision to purge government e-mails.
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