(LOS ANGELES TIMES) WASHINGTON — Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, attributes much of his success as an attorney to a nine-year stint as a child actor on “Sesame Street” in the 1970s.
The unusual resume item brought him a kind of mini-celebrity and was a surprisingly frequent focus of job interviews, Adegbile has said, even as he climbed the legal ranks to join a big New York corporate law firm.
But as he faces Senate confirmation hearings next month, Adegbile is drawing a different kind of attention from conservative activists. They are less interested in stories about the time he explained the letter “S” to the muppet Grover and more curious about his record as an unapologetically liberal voting rights lawyer, his representation of a convicted cop killer and his leadership tenure at the Legal Defense Fund of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People.