10/09/2005

KRT Wire | 10/09/2005 | Administration increasingly faces accusations of cronyism

The Dallas Morning News

WASHINGTON - (KRT) - Michael Brown got his job through the good ol' boy network - and he's proud of it.

Now, Harriet Miers has been branded a crony by some opposing her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The two choices by President Bush are vastly different. Brown, long a friend of a Bush associate, was named director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, while Miers, the White House legal counsel who is part of the president's inner circle, has been nominated for a lifetime seat on the nation's highest court.

Nonetheless, critics have seized on both as examples of what they see as an administration increasingly rewarding friendship and loyalty over competence and qualifications in a wide range of government posts. And Brown's high-profile resignation amid charges of poor management following Hurricane Katrina has offered plenty of running room for those eager to paint Miers as a crony.

"Picking a Bush crony from the inner workings of a right-wing White House to be the swing vote in the Supreme Court is almost like picking a political ally like Michael Brown to run FEMA," said Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla.

The White House rejects such charges, denying any notion of cronyism.

Administration increasingly faces accusations of cronyism: Brown, Miers...

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