The Clarion-Ledger Editorial, 2/1/9

While Forest attorney and longtime civil rights activist Constance Slaughter-Harvey firmly but politely declined to confirm or deny reports circulating like wildfire, the veteran lawyer is indeed under consideration by key Democratic Party figures and the Obama administration as the new U.S. attorney in Mississippi’s Southern District.

“It would be inappropriate for me to confirm or deny any discussions of that nature, said Slaughter-Harvey. “What I will say is that if I were under such consideration, I would count it a great honor to serve my country.”

Along with Slaughter-Harvey, other attorneys said to be under consideration for the post include Cliff Johnson of Jackson – a former assistant U.S. attorney and the law partner of former U.S. attorney Brad Pigott – and current assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Gee. There are others as well.

Clearly, 2nd District U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson will be the key Mississippian who will sign off on the vast majority of federal patronage jobs in the administration of President Barack Obama. Thompson’s chief of staff, Lanier Avant, made that clear in a Jan. 15 interview.