In the wake of Rhode Island’s Senators recommending Peter Neronha for the US Attorney position in Rhode Island, Massachusetts’ Senators have now made their recommendation public. From the Boston Globe:
Carmen M. Ortiz, who grew up poor in New York City’s Spanish Harlem neighborhood and became a state and then a federal prosecutor in Massachusetts, is poised to become the first woman and the first Hispanic US attorney in the state.
US Senators Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry recommended yesterday that President Obama nominate Ortiz, the daughter of Puerto Rico natives, to the highest federal law enforcement position in the state.
“It’s a tremendous challenge, but I think one that I’m prepared to take and I’m prepared to meet,” the 53-year-old Milton woman said in a brief telephone interview. “I feel very grateful, and I’m humbled by the senators’ confidence in me.”
Ortiz has worked in the US attorney’s office in Massachusetts for the past 12 years and did two stints for about 10 years as a prosecutor in the Middlesex district attorney’s office. She has had a variety of other professional experience, including helping the National Football League in 1990 to investigate allegations by a Boston Herald reporter of sexual harassment against members of the New England Patriots.
The senators, who picked Ortiz from among three finalists recommended by a committee that vetted candidates, said she was a “standout throughout this process.”
“We believe that her prosecutorial experience, commitment to public service, and insight into criminal justice issues will make her an exceptional United States attorney,” they said in a joint statement. “She has lived the American dream, worked hard for every accomplishment she’s achieved, and will ensure that the US attorney’s office for Massachusetts is a leader in our community and around the country.”