Nominee for D.C. attorney general approved by city’s Judiciary Committee

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Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s nomination for D.C. attorney general will go before the full council after receiving a green light Monday from the City Council’s Judiciary Committee.

Nominee Irvin Nathan garnered praise in letters and testimony before the committee, yet “must take large strides to restore public confidence” in the office after perceived stumbles by the previous administration, committee Chairman Phil Mendelson said.

Mr. Nathan’s confirmation is scheduled to go before the full council on Tuesday. If confirmed, he takes on an office that is trying to establish a reliable Breathalyzer test in drunken driving cases and make budget priorities in a fiscal 2012 budget that offers few extra dollars to the office, Mr. Mendelson also said.

Mr. Nathan served as general counsel to the U.S. House, before Mr. Gray, a Democrat, picked him for the D.C. post in December.

“I find him to be a very capable person,” said committee member Muriel Bowser, Ward 4 Democrat.

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