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General News    H3'ed 5/20/11

Obama Nominates a Bushie for EEOC Position

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Message Roger Shuler

Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer

Most Americans, thankfully, never will know what it's like to experience a third term of the George W. Bush administration. But here in Alabama, we have a pretty good idea what it would be like. That's because we are living it--under President Barack H. Obama.

Want the latest evidence? Obama announced this week that he would nominate Constance Smith Barker (photo above) as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Barker currently is an EEOC commissioner, appointed in 2008 by . . . George W. Bush. Before that, she was a shareholder at the Montgomery, Alabama, firm of Capell and Howard, known for being Karl Rove's base of operations when he conducts business in our fair state.

What, again, was that change we were supposed to believe in? Apparently that did not include Alabama. In fact, this is just one of several mind-boggling appointments that Obama has made or proposed in Alabama. Starting to make me think I might as well have voted for John McCain in 2008.

Here is a little background on Constance Smith Barker, from a White House press release:

Constance Smith Barker currently serves as Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Prior to her appointment by President George W. Bush, Ms. Barker was a shareholder for 13 years at the law firm of Capell and Howard, P.C. in Montgomery, Alabama. Before she entered private practice, Ms. Barker was General Counsel to the Mobile County Public School System for 11 years. She also served as a part-time municipal judge for two municipalities in Mobile County, Alabama and was active in Mobile County's juvenile justice system. Previously, Ms. Barker worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the 11th and 13th Judicial Circuits of Alabama. In 2007, she was awarded the Alabama State Bar's Award of Merit for outstanding service to the legal profession. Ms. Barker has served on the boards of the Mobile Area YWCA and the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra. She holds a B.A. from Notre Dame University and a J.D. from the University of Alabama, School of Law.

That doesn't really tell you much. The good stuff comes from this piece at the Web site Affirmative Action Blog Spot. It came after her appointment as an EEOC commissioner in 2008 . . . by George W. Bush. Here is a snippet:

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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)
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