Another day, another Georgian figures into Kerry cabinet. -- Kerry might tap Coke general counsel Deval Patrick for U.S. Attorney General.
Patrick, Coke's highest-ranking black executive, resigned on Easter Sunday. He later postponed his resignation until the end of 2004, but he still hasn't revealed what his next step will be.
Last week the PI reported that U.S. News & World Report is putting out the word that the early replacement lists contemplated by Democrats and Republicans both draw on African-Americans from metro Atlanta.
Republicans are said to be thinking in terms of former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, who left the No. 2 spot last year and recently was named general counsel at PepsiCo. Thompson counseled Clarence Thomas during his Senate confirmation hearings and is closely associated with the powerful King & Spalding law firm.
The magazine said Kerry's leading choice is thought to be New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid -- "who, being Hispanic and female, would give Kerry a twofer." But No. 2 on the list is Thurbert Baker, Georgia's attorney general.
Through a spokesman, the Georgia Democrat told the PI that this represents "a classic example of the Washington rumor mill working overtime." But the PI also noted: "[W]e suspect that Gov. Sonny Perdue, with whom Baker has tangled for two years, would volunteer to write a letter of recommendation. And provide the moving van."
Whatever the outcome with the Attorney General, he continues to make his state proud. The man, no doubt about it, is a classic act.