Things have been looking up lately for former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales after he landed his new jobs at Texas Tech University. But he told New York Times columnist Deborah Solomon last week that his time as Attorney General has not helped his reputation. Read her column here.
“It has had an effect, a negative effect, no question about it, and at times it makes me angry because it is undeserved,” Gonzales told Solomon. “But I don’t want to sound like I am whining. At the end of the day, I’ve been the attorney general of the United States. It’s a remarkable privilege, and I stand behind my service.”
Then Gonzales told Solomon an interesting tidbit of information: he and President Bush haven’t talked since Bush left office in January. But why not give the president a call?
“I do, of course, think about our time together, and there are times when I think about doing that,” Gonzales told Solomon. “But listen, I know that he has his life to live. I’ve got challenges and my life to live as well.”
The interview also highlights some of the woes facing Gonzales.
-There’s an ongoing probe into the U.S. Attorney purge. (Gonzo: No comment.)
-He hasn’t landed a law firm job. (Gonzo: “Listen, I’ve had some interest and I’ve had some discussions, but there has been no offer made. In a tough economic climate, I can understand why a company or a firm would want to make sure that the investigations are complete and there is no finding of wrongdoing before they make a hiring decision. “)
-Gonzales has a lot of legal bills. (Gonzo: They are “substantial.”)
-He doesn’t have a publisher for his book.
-Some Texas Tech professors aren’t rolling out the welcome wagon for Gonzales. A petition signed by 70 professors said he had “ethical failings” including the U.S. Attorney purge, denying habeas corpus and supporting Bush over the Constitution. Read our previous report here. (Gonzo: “All the inspector-general investigations, they’re now over with. They found that I had not engaged in any criminal wrongdoing.”)
Gonzales will teach a political science class and help recruit minority students at Texas Tech University. He starts Aug. 31.