When the 2006 U.S. attorneys firing scandal was unfolding, members of the Republican National Committee discussed whether local attorney Pat Shea was being considered as a replacement for Carol Lam, who’d been removed from her post as U.S. attorney in San Diego.
Pat Shea “is evidently being considered for US attorney in CA?” wrote Sara Taylor, a political aide to former President George W. Bush, in a Jan. 24, 2007 e-mail to RNC officials. “can u find out the deal? Spanos’ have an interest in this — let’s discuss.”
(The e-mail obscures a word before “Spanos’.”)
That e-mail, released along with hundreds of other documents by the House Judiciary Committee today, was sent a few days after the Union-Tribune’s editorial page speculated that Shea was under consideration. The editorial said Shea’s name had surfaced. It didn’t say how.
The secret documents offer a unique window into the Bush White House’s policy and press machinations. Take a look at them. If you see anything interesting about Carol Lam’s dismissal, e-mail me the page reference at email@example.com.