UF brings in former AG Alberto Gonzales
UF administrators earlier this fall postponed the campus-funded speech by assisted suicide advocate "Dr. Death" Kevorkian until early next year, hoping to work out their police officers' 'issues' with Tasers. But in just a couple of weeks, they'll welcome an even more high-profile, potentially controversial speaker: just-resigned U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
UF's student government is paying Gonzales $40,000 in student fees to give a speech on campus Nov. 19. A Houston attorney in the 1980s, he served as then-Gov. George W. Bush's general counsel and eventually became Texas' secretary of state.
Gonzales served as President Bush's White House counsel from 2001 to 2005, when the Senate confirmed him as the nation's first Hispanic Attorney General, replacing John Ashcroft.
Gonzales resigned recently after being at the center of several high-profile controversies. Lawmakers scrutinized his role in the dismissals of nine United States attorneys late last year, and he faced allegations of perjury during his testimony about the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance programs.