It looks like we’re stuck with Eric Holder atop the Justice Department for a little while longer, but we won’t be getting one of Barack Obama’s loyalist deputies in that post. We’ll get a different one, but not Kathryn Ruemmler.
Oct. 24 (Bloomberg) — Former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler took herself out of the running to become the next U.S. attorney general, according to two people familiar with the decision.
Ruemmler had been President Barack Obama’s preferred candidate to succeed Attorney General Eric Holder, who said he will leave the job when a replacement is confirmed.
Obama had asked Ruemmler whether she would consider the job if offered, according to a White House official. She talked with Obama on Oct. 22 and said while she was flattered, she didn’t want to be nominated, one of the people said.
Unlike one of his many czars, Ruemmler would have had to undergo confirmation in the Senate. That was expected to kick off in the lame-duck session following November’s elections, and before the Republicans take control in January.
Ruemmler’s nomination would have resurrected the Secret Service prostitution scandal, as she was neck-deep in it when she was Obama’s White House counsel. Ruemmler would have had to testify, under oath, about how young Jonathan Dach went from being suspected of hiring a hooker in Colombia to being hired as a policy adviser on women’s issues (seriously) in the Obama administration.
While Ruemmler will not be the next attorney general, she will hold on to her fabulous shoes.