Wednesday, January 7, 2009

NAACP urges the US Senate to confirm Eric Holder as Attorney General as quickly as possible

Eric Holder, who has been nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to serve as Attorney General of the United States, is the right man for the job. The Department of Justice has, for the past 8 years, been woefully mismanaged, and as a result it has not adequately protected Americans' voting, housing or employment rights; nor has it even attempted to address police misconduct or a whole host of other issues to ensure that our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are protected.

Through his historic nomination of Eric Holder (if confirmed Eric Holder will be the first African American U.S. Attorney General in history) President-elect Obama has selected a man who has, throughout his career, demonstrated a commitment to justice, an even-handed nature, and an ability to lead. In addition to serving as the Deputy Attorney General under Janet Reno and leading the transition from Ms. Reno to her successor, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Eric Holder has served as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, as a Superior Court Judge nominated by Ronald Reagan and as a trial attorney in the Public Integrity section of the Department of Justice. Mr. Holder knows the U.S. Department of Justice and knows what needs to and can be done, and is clearly the best candidate to swiftly and competently restore and reinvigorate the beleaguered department.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin hearings on Mr. Holder's nomination on Thursday, January 15, 2009. The NAACP is strongly urging the Committee, and subsequently the entire U.S. Senate, to swiftly and resoundingly confirm Eric Holder to be the next Attorney General of the United States. Click here for the ACTION WE NEED YOU TO TAKE!

If you have any questions, call Hilary Shelton at the Washington Bureau at (202) 463-2940.

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