Originally Posted by Piobaire
You will no doubt disagree but I still think it is less than value neutral that Holder would appear at Sharpton's event and constantly appear so close to Sharpton. I know most of the US public has long forgotten the Twana issue but some have not. For those with attentions spans longer than gnats it has to seem this is not the type of guy you want the head of the DoJ chumming around with. Just my opinion.
Actually, I don't disagree. As I said earlier in this thread, I worked in the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, and I left, in part, because I didn't like the direction it was heading. I was hired under the Bush administration and saw shifts more recently that I didn't like. One of those shifts was the increased hiring of people who were closely alligned with certain advocacy groups. This was documented in a recent OIG report of the Division.
It's the Civil Rights Division, which goes after violations of civil rights. I expect there to be some interaction between the Division and those groups. That's not unusual. However, there needs to be some distancing, and I had too many colleagues who weren't capable of separating their role as a public official from that of an advocate for change. I'm capable of separating the need for enforcement of civil rights laws and advocacy, and I think DOJ employees, not just Holder, should be more carerful to avoid some actions that either are or may appear to be biased.
For what it's worth, I don't think Holder "constantly appear(s)" with Sharpton. The google image search shows four pictures of them together. Your point still has validity, so there's no reason to exaggerate their number of interactions.