Democratic State Rep. Rick Gallot earns strong support for U.S. Attorney appointment

February 20, 2009

From The News-Star in Monroe:

Our new president would do well for the Western Louisiana District and for its 42 parishes by giving Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, strong consideration for appointment as a U.S. attorney.

Gallot, 42, is a Ruston lawyer who has earned the trust and admiration of his constituents as well as rickgallothis state House of Representatives colleagues. In Baton Rouge, he chairs the House and Government Affairs committee, demonstrating that he has earned the trust of the governor and the esteem of Gallot’s fellow representatives.

Our experience with Gallot, who comes from a well-respected Lincoln Parish family, is that he is candid, well-intentioned and honorable. He is a diligent public servant who has earned the respect of people of all political leanings, including area legislators. …

As senior senator, [Mary] Landrieu will likely hold strong influence over the president’s pick, as she works with Attorney General Eric Holder to offer recommendations for the position to President Obama. Good. She should be familiar with Gallot’s reputation as a dedicated public servant and as a man who, like the new president, makes good-faith efforts to cross party lines for just causes.

Other well-qualified applicants have come forth. That’s not a bad thing; the public is well served when many capable and attractive people want to serve. But by his record of service, experience in the law and demonstrated personal integrity, Gallot has proven he is fit to serve the president, our system of justice and the people of the Western District.

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