In addition to his weakness on voter fraud, David Iglesias may have had problems as a manager. The Albuquerque Journal reports:
A letter addressed to [Attorney General Alberto] Gonzales was being circulated among some federal prosecutors here last week. Some had signed it but were undecided whether to send it because of speculation Gonzales might lose his job. Others didn’t share the views expressed.
The letter address[es] the recent controversy, describing Iglesias as an absentee boss who was more interested in travel than in running the office.
It said he “abdicated his responsibility as United States Attorney, turning over virtually every important decision to his subordinates.”
The letter also said that Iglesias’ “lack of leadership” resulted in a decline in the quality of work produced by his office and that the reputation of the office had suffered during his tenure.
It further took him to task for his admission that he didn’t report the telephone calls and only went public after he felt betrayed.
“Disclosure of wrongdoing is not situational, nor does it depend on loyalty,” the letter said. “For Mr. Iglesias to state that he would have been happy to not disclose what he now claims was inappropriate and threatening behavior in exchange for keeping his federal job is appalling.”
Iglesias attributes the letter to “disgruntled” employees — and who knows? Maybe he’s right. Toss it in the mix, for what it’s worth — along with this report that the problems with Iglesias were long-standing. (H/t for both: Kevin R.)
P.S. The reference to not reporting the phone calls relates to the fact that Iglesias was required to report the phone calls from Wilson and Domenici to supervisors — but didn’t.