As an assistant U.S. Attorney, sheÂ played a major role inÂ theÂ prosecution of Don Hill, et al. After a bipartisan commission studied the possible candidates, senators John Cornyn and Kay HutchisonÂ selected her from the listÂ (by tradition, senators approve U.S. attorneys for their states). But there’s a hitch. Oddly, it’s from Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Austin, who seems to think that if there’s a Democratic White House, Democrats like him ought to have the prerogative of making recommendations, not the state’s two senators, who happen to be Republicans.Â What makes that oddÂ is that Saldana is a Democrat, and, judging by the verdict in the Hill case,Â an able and effective one at that. I’ve known Doggett since he was at UT, and this is the kind of game he loves. Fortunately for Saldana, I can also report that, like Tim with golf,Â as much as Doggett loves the game, he is not often very good at it.
(I tried to get the insideÂ scoop on this dogfight from a really, really, really good source, but he wiselyÂ has neglected toÂ return my phone calls — asÂ I would ,too, if my wife’s appointmetÂ was the bone over which the dogsÂ were fighting.)