Saturday, July 23, 2005

Payback? Crains Chgo Biz questions Patrick Fitzgerald hire's appointement

I'm not sure if this is payback, but Patrick Fitzgerald has beat the shit out of the White House and Chicago's City Hall. I wonder if Daley or Rove has anything to do with this article.

Fitzgerald hire raises eyebrows
Staffer played key role in selecting prosecutor
By Greg Hinz

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who has tormented City Hall and the White House with unrelenting probes of political misconduct, has hired a former congressional aide who played a key role in getting him his job.

Mr. Fitzgerald hired Margaret Hickey eight months ago as an assistant U.S. attorney here, earning about $142,000 a year. Until a few days before that, she was Illinois chief of staff and general counsel for then-U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald, who recommended Patrick Fitzgerald to the White House.

Ms. Hickey was one of two Senate staffers who assisted Sen. Fitzgerald in making his choice.

In a phone interview, Patrick Fitzgerald, who has launched an unprecedented assault on political practices such as patronage hiring and government leaks as U.S. attorney here and a special prosecutor in Washington, D.C., rejects any suggestion that hiring Ms. Hickey undermines his reform credentials.


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