Williams’ Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

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July 28, 2008 4:47 p.m.

For an example of the stellar candidates that Monica Goodling’s predecessor, Jan Williams was tapping for Immigration Judge positions, one needs to look no further than the bottom of page 94 of today’s OIG report.

According to the report, the White House reached out to a Republican Congressman for a recommendation on an open IJ position in New York. The Congressman’s office responded with a “great Republican” and added that “the candidate was a ‘long time donor to the local GOP.’ His name was forwarded to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) by Jan Williams.

But apparently EOIR wasn’t so happy with the Office of the Attorney General’s pick.

In an e-mail dated December 7, 2005, [EOIR Deputy Director Kevin] Ohlson advised Williams that the candidate’s conduct during his EOIR interview “causes us to question whether he possesses the appropriate judicial temperament and demeanor to serve as an immigration judge.” Ohlson related that the candidate used profanity during the interview, acted abrasively, and when asked what his greatest weakness was, responded “Blondes.” [emphasis ours]

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