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Peter Nickles Is Your Attorney General

Reporters, editors across the District of Columbia rejoice, for Peter Nickles need not be referred to any longer as "acting attorney general," "interim attorney general," or "attorney general designate."

His nomination passed the council by a 7-5-1 vote. Chairman Vincent C. Gray plays kingmaker—er, attorneygeneralmaker—Carol Schwartz rides into the sunset (and perhaps a Fenty administration job?), Marion Barry and Harry Thomas Jr. register protest votes, and Kwame Brown wusses out.

For the blow-by-blow, consult LL's Nickles Vote Liveblog!

Phil Mendelson already has a statement out: “It was important that the full Council discuss and decide the Mayor’s nominee for Attorney General. The Council has now expressed its support for Mr. Nickles. I know Mr. Nickles is a professional and will continue to support a positive working relationship with the Council. I will do all I can to work cooperatively with Mr. Nickles. Working together is in the best interest of our clients: the residents of the District of Columbia.”

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  • pathetic

    This drama should be exhibit A at the impeachment proceedings of "one city" Gray,"present" Brown,"I'm waitin on Gray" Thomas,"Gray, you set me up" Alexander,and "why did I do this?" Mendo. Cheh gets a pass b/c she means well, and Barry's not worth discussing. Totally pathetic display of pettiness by the council. Catania had it right when he lit into the haters.

  • al gonzales

    This vote is Exhibit W in the long list of reasons showing DC has no right to democracy. Boss Fenty - today & forever, apparently.

  • Tom

    So they give away control of schools, and give in to AG Nickles becuase he's "qualified"?? I would hope he had a law degree with experience otherwise why would he even be nominated for the position. Would he be good for the city? The answer to that has been no with all of the laswuits and settlements we have had to make with him at the helm, the economy is not killing us it our own legal bumbling