Banana Republicanism, Cont’d

BANANA REPUBLICANISM, CON’TD….McClatchy digs up two more sources who say that Bradley Schlozman viewed his job as a gateway for hiring Republicans into civil service positions in the Justice Department:

Two former department lawyers told McClatchy Newspapers that Bradley Schlozman, a senior civil rights official, told them in early 2005, after spotting mention of their Republican affiliations on their job applications, to delete those references and resubmit their resumes. Both attorneys were hired.

One of them, Ty Clevenger, said: “He wanted to make it look like it was apolitical.”

….Clevenger also recalled once passing on to Schlozman the name of a friend from Stanford as a possible hire. “Schlozman called me up and asked me something to the effect of, ‘Is he one of us?'” Clevenger said. “He wanted to know what the guy’s partisan credentials were.”

And the Boston Globe reports this:

Under Schlozman, the profile of the career attorneys hired by the section underwent a dramatic transformation.

Half of the 14 career lawyers hired under Schlozman were members of the conservative Federalist Society or the Republican National Lawyers Association, up from none among the eight career hires in the previous two years, according to a review of resumes. The average US News & World Report ranking of the law school attended by new career lawyers plunged from 15 to 65.

Just a coincidence, I’m sure.