TPMmuckraker has to go down in the weeds of a USA Today story to pull from it a call by another Republican for Gonzalez to resign:
Now the calls for Alberto Gonzales’ resignation are coming from veterans of Bush’s own Justice Department. Here it’s Mark Corallo, the Justice Department’s chief spokesman from 2002 through 2005.
In a piece on Bush’s loyalty to Gonzales, USA Today reports that Corallo thinks Gonzales should step down over “mismanagement” of the U.S. attorneys firings. As he put it, “Alberto Gonzales’ loyalty to George Bush has got to trump George Bush’s loyalty to Alberto Gonzales.”
The USA Today article focuses on the committment to loyalty in and amongst members of the Bush Administration.
But, when I read the quoted passage taken out by Muckraker, my first thought was “Who the heck is Mark Corallo?”
Well, this is Mark Corallo
Mark is a veteran Washington communicator with extensive experience on Capitol Hill, in the Executive branch, on the campaign trail and in working with grass roots organizations to implement public policy initiatives….
From 2002 – 2005, Mark was the Public Affairs Director for the U.S. Department of Justice. In this capacity he served as the chief spokesman for the Attorney General and the Department of Justice on all matters including the Global War on Terrorism.
From 1999-2002, Mark was the Communications Director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform. From 1996-1999, he served as Press Secretary to U.S. Representative and Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Bob Livingston (R-LA).
During the 2000 Presidential Campaign, Mark took a leave of absence from Congress to serve as Press Secretary for Victory 2000, the Republican National Committee’s official campaign effort.
Forgive me if I don’t place much importance on the opinions of a life long press flak aboub “mismanagement” of the Justice Department. What he knows about managing the Justice Department someone else told him.
What’s that old saying ”When I want your opinion…” ????