Friday, May 30, 2008

Van Hollen: "Not MY Idea" on Security

As I suspected, the foofoodust coming from ex-DoJ folks is pretty thick.

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Thursday he doesn't believe he needs a taxpayer-funded security detail at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul in September and didn't request one.

In an interview with the WisconsinEye network, Van Hollen said the issue was raised by aides in April, not by him.

"I didn't request it. All it was was an internal discussion," Van Hollen said. "I would be very surprised if I did" need security.

Some entrenched bureaucrats who are unhappy with Van Hollen had raised this "security request" (in effect, manufacturing an issue to discredit Van Hollen) after they had been demoted.

Joell Schigur, the former head of the state Department of Justice's public integrity bureau, previously expressed concerns about the fact that she was demoted from that position weeks after questioning whether it was proper for Van Hollen to receive state-sponsored security at a political event.

I guess Joell will have to find a new skeleton in the closet.

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