Who Is Tony West and Why Should We Care?

Why have Rep. Darryl Issa (R-Ca) and the Republicans been slow to move against Attorney General Eric Holder? Maybe because his replacement might be even worse.

From the Ulstermann report blog:

For most Americans, Tony West remains an unknown. For the Obama administration and its myriad of investors – Tony West may prove the key to dismantling what remains of the United States following the 2012 election.

The current #2 position under presiding Attorney General Eric Holder is held by Ronald Welch – already a key figure in the still ongoing Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal. Welch recently signaled his intent to resign his position sometime this summer. That will then leave Tony West, recently promoted/hand-picked by Eric Holder, as the man to take Welch’s position. That will make Tony West second in command of the Obama Department of Justice, and the likely successor to Eric Holder if Barack Obama wins re-election in 2012.

Let us then take another look at Mr. West – a name I had no idea of prior to conducting interviews with a longtime political operative who it appears has long had their own eye on this up-and-comer within the Obama administration:

-The California Attorney General is Kamala Harris. (Possible future Supreme Court Justice) Her brother-in-law is a gentleman by the name of Tony West who himself is an Assistant Attorney General working directly under Obama Attorney General Eric Holder. Insiders are already indicated West may in fact be among a short list of potential replacements should Holder resign his position.

Now Tony West was a big time campaign bundler for Barack Obama back in 2008 as was described by this San Francisco Chronicle report in 2009:

“As co-chairman of Obama’s campaign, West was instrumental in helping the candidate raise an estimated $65 million in California and has been considered a rising star in both the legal and political circles of the nation’s most populous state. He is an attorney in the San Francisco offices of Morrison & Foerster.”

$65 million dollars is a lot of campaign cash – even by Obama standards. And Mr. West also gained notoriety in 2007 as a member of the “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh’s defense team. So we have a former Obama campaign bundler and defense attorney of a Taliban terrorist, who also happens to be the brother in law of the California Attorney General whose state just received a multi-billion dollar housing bailout – the same man who might soon find himself being placed in the position of being the next Attorney General of the United States.

Let that sink in folks. Really. Take a deep breath and let that sink in…

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