Guilford County has a new district attorney, Doug Henderson. Among his first official acts: firing staff attorney Julia Wolf Hejazi. Hejazi plans to run for DA when the job comes up for election in November, and Henderson offered her the choice of resigning or being fired. She didn't want to resign, so there you go. Here's the Greensboro News & Record's story, which quotes a Guilford public defender saying "it would be untenable for him to perform his duties when one of his assistants is out there campaigning against him."
Give me a break. Untenable? Uncomfortable maybe, but untenable? Ed Cone is right to say that this looks like Henderson putting politics above public service, and it won't help him this fall.
I don't know much more than this about either candidate, but I'm thinking that this race bears watching. Hejazi's campaign site is taking shape here. For what it's worth, both candidates are Democrats (though only Hejazi had the sense to take off her sunglasses for her picture).
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