Monday, August 20, 2007

Mainstream Media on Reed Hillman

Marshal nominee getting the shaft
By Boston Herald editorial staff
Friday, August 17, 2007

Massachusetts remains without a permanent U.S. marshal, and Reed Hillman - the more-than-qualified former State Police colonel nominated to the post by President Bush - is now apparently sitting home in Sturbridge, his job prospects once again thrown into uncertainty.

Thanks to the political blind-spot that U.S. Sens. John Kerry and Ted Kennedy have for any of this president’s nominees, Hillman’s shot at getting the marshal’s job appears dead.

He was the only nominee to be rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month before Congress left on its summer recess, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

President taps a cop; senators see politics
Saturday, August 18, 2007

When our state's two U.S. senators began making noise in opposition to President Bush's choice of U.S. marshal for Massachusetts, we wondered if they had perhaps looked at the wrong resume. In tapping Reed V. Hillman, a 25-year veteran of the state police force and its former commander, Bush has selected someone eminently qualified for the position.

But Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry saw the nomination in a much different light. They looked at Hillman, a Republican who served three terms as the state representative from the 1st Hampden District after his retirement from the police force in 1999, and saw only politics and patronage.