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Hispanic Prosecutors at Odds Despite Ties

Posted Apr 10, 2007 1:30 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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In a tale of two high-profile Hispanic prosecutors from the Southwest, one, former New Mexico U.S. Attorney David Iglesias, is currently looking for work; and the other, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, is bunkered up, preparing to testify before Congress about firing Iglesias and seven others.

While their loyalty to the Republican party helped both into enviable government positions, their conflicting views about their role as prosecutors allegedly led the AG to fire a man much like himself for not being loyal enough to President Bush's priorities. Now, Iglesias is having a hard time finding work because he is too controversial, reports Hispanic Business.com.

"There was a time he didn't know an enemy in the Republican Party," says former Republican Party Chairman John Dendahl, now a candidate for state governor. "I know of no Republican who will stand by him now."

Iglesias—whose onetime aspiration to serve in Congress or as state governor appears an unlikely goal today—is looking for work as a private practitioner.

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