August 10, 2009
As the first Latino to have served as the attorney general, what are your thoughts as
prepares to become the first Latina on the
This is obviously a proud and historic moment for all Hispanics.
It has been two summers since you resigned, and you’re still living in Virginia?
I’ve got an apartment in Lubbock, Tex. We’re in the process of moving my family down to Texas. I’ll be teaching this year at Texas Tech University.
When does school begin?
My first day of class is Aug. 31. I’ve also been asked to help the chancellor and the president of the university in recruiting and retaining minorities. I’m very excited about that effort. I’ll be traveling the state with school officials trying to help them in that mission.
You’re scheduled to teach a political-science class called “Contemporary Issues in the Executive Branch.” What kind of syllabus have you put together?
You mean what am I going to be teaching? We’re obviously going to look at the issues that are confronting this administration. I’m going to try to get the studentsa behind-the-scenes look at how the White House is really organized and how it operates.
Some 70 professors at Texas Tech have signed a petition that protests your appointment and cites your “ethical failings,” including misleading Congress abut the firing of nine federal prosecutors. What will you tell your students about that?
All the inspector-general investigations, they’re now over with. They found that I had not engaged in any criminal wrongdoing.