The news is in: Mark Gitenstein is no longer being considered as a candidate to head the DOJ's Office of Legal Policy, according to the Huffington Post, Roll Call, and several other sources. The concerns about this longtime corporate lobbyist that we first raised on February 2 and reported in yesterday's post apparently have been heeded.
It's encouraging to see the Obama Administration standing by its ethics policy.
Ian Millhiser deftly captured the significance of this decision in his Huffington Post article:
cautionary tale to other ambitious and talented individuals who,
despite a long career of progressive accomplishments, are tempted to
work in support of practices as abusive as binding mandatory
Our sentiments exactly.