The Chronicle is reporting this morning that the Chuck Rosenthal replacement could be just a few days away, and that interim-D.A., Bert Graham is not interested in fulfilling the rest of the term.
Although the part about Bert not being interested in the job (which runs to the end of 2008) was a mild surprise, the rumors have been circulating for several weeks now that Governor Perry has decided on an Assistant U.S. Attorney as his nominee to replace Chuck. Although the rumor has been circulating, nobody seems to know exactly when it is going to take place.
I, for one, think its a good thing that a replacement is coming who isn't currently in the race for District Attorney. Here's why:
1. It keeps the process non-political, which is Step Two in restoring faith in the Office. (Step One was for Chuck to step down).
2. It won't cause a potential "backlash" against the nominee in the election, if Governor Perry were to appoint one of the candidates.
3. In the (increasingly unlikely) event that Pat Lykos were to win that nomination, she can't do her mass firings of prosecutors who supported Kelly. That makes a lot of people's jobs safe until the end of the year at least. The prosecutors will have time to make plans and find other jobs to support their families, rather than just getting the ax from her.
By the way, Lykos is still talking out of both sides of her mouth. She's running around telling people that she is not planning on firing the ADA's, yet she had this to say in the Chronicle.
Lykos said some current employees suffer from the taint of working for an institution whose "culture is ethically challenged."
"It's a culture of arrogance," she said. "It has an element of fraternity house about it."
Okay, Pat, you aren't firing all the ADAs, but:
1. The culture is ethically challenged.
2. It's a culture of arrogance; and
3. It has an element of a fraternity house.
And, by the way, Snookems, what's this I keep hearing about you calling a female senior District Court judge a "f*ck face"?
That would seem to be ethically challenged, arrogant, and rather fraternity-esque, itself.