Eric Holder: staying or going?


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Word then was that Holder would be leaving, perhaps in the summer or sometime in the fall of 2013, if there’s a second Obama term. The thinking was that he didn’t want to leave Jan. 20 because some might think his detractors on the Hill — led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — had driven him out.

But more recently, we heard that Holder was thinking he might want to stay on until the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which would be July 2.

There’s some family involvement here. Holder’s late sister-in-law was Vivian Malone Jones, who sought to enroll at the University of Alabama in 1963 but had her entry blocked at the door by Gov. George C. Wallace (D).

But there’s some pushback from the home front, we’re hearing, with Holder’s wife, Sharon Malone, urging him to move along.

On the other hand, we’re hearing that President Obama would like to have him stay. Holder himself may be undecided.

Of course, President Romney might make that decision for him.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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