No Joy in Job Hunt for Ex-Attorney General

Employers say thanks, but no thanks to Alberto Gonzales
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2008 7:19 AM CDT
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, left, is greeted by Director of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, right, and Frances Townsend, after a farewell ceremony , Friday, Sept. 14, 2007 in Washington.    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Ex-attorneys general often enjoy elite private sector jobs, but disgraced Alberto Gonzales is still job-hunting since he resigned last August, the New York Times reports. Lawyers say perjury allegations concerning testimony about eavesdropping and his role in the politically motivated firing of federal prosecutors are the biggest problems with Gonzales' resume.

"Maybe the passage of time will provide some opportunity for him," said a lawyer at one firm that bypassed Gonzales' services. Gonzales hasn't had a job since leaving office—but he won't need to apply for food stamps just yet: He's pulling in nearly as much from speaking engagements as he made as attorney general.