Remember how Fundie Bushie Monica Goodling sniffed out rumored lesbian at DOJ, and then had her fired — allegedly for being a lesbian?

Well, the Justice Department just rehired her. From National Public Radio:

On Monday, the Justice Department undid a small part of the damage that top officials caused in a scandal of politicized hiring and firing during the Bush administration. The department rehired an attorney who was improperly removed from her job because she was rumored to be a lesbian.

NPR first broke the story of Leslie Hagen’s dismissal last April, and the Justice Department’s inspector general later corroborated the report. Now, Hagen has returned to her post at the department’s Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.

In 2006, Hagen was the liaison between the main Justice Department and the U.S. Attorneys’ committee on Native American affairs. The chairman of that committee, Tom Heffelfinger, described Hagen to NPR last year as “the best qualified person in the nation to fill that job.” Hagen’s performance evaluations had the highest possible ratings – “outstanding” in each of five categories.

…As NPR reported in April, a top aide to the attorney general had heard a rumor that Hagen was a lesbian. Discrimination based on sexual orientation is against Justice Department rules. But Monica Goodling, senior counsel to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, had Hagen removed from her job anyway…

Despite all the missteps we’ve seen in the past two or three weeks by Congressional Democrats and the Obama Administration — misteps that lead many of us to believe we’re seeing some Change We Can’t Believe In — here at least I feel we’re seeing some news of Change We [Actually] Can Believe In.

Autumn Sandeen

Autumn Sandeen

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