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Former US Attorney General speaks to local Bar Association

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Former United States Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales served as guest speakers at the 15th Judicial District Bar Association's monthly meeting at Sammy B's in Lebanon on Wednesday.

Gonzales was appointed in February 2005 by former President George W. Bush. He was the first Hispanic American man to hold this position, as well as to serve as White House Counsel. Gonzales previously served as a Texas Supreme Court Justice.

Gonzales weighed-in on the current presidential election - and said he hoped whoever was elected would "grow" into the position.

"We are in the middle of a very interesting campaign. I must tell you, in my opinion, we've got two very flawed nominees," he said, noting that he might be "stepping on some toes."

"(Republican nominee) Donald Trump has been very successful in business and by all accounts has a wonderful family - but he is rather undisciplined. He's erratic and prone to say things that are offensive," he said. "My friends have condemned me because I publically refuse to denounce Donald Trump as a racist."

He said that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton on the other hand has a traditional record, "but it's hard to point to any real achievements."

"I personally believe that a large segment of the American people simply do not trust her. Polls have shown a majority of people who believe she should have been indicted in connection with having all of her government emails on that private server," Gonzales said.

"Now my hope is whoever is elected will grow into that office," he added. Gonzales said that a president should be a person with great courage and the ability to make decisions.

"At the end of the day the decisions rest on the shoulders of the President of the United States even though they may be unpopular. We want the President to listen to our concerns, but we want the President to do what he thinks is right for our country," Gonzales continued. "I've heard President Bush say this, 'It is about making decisions.' ... It is a very hard job. You cannot be worried about being criticized because you'll be criticized no matter what you do. You have to make a decision and move on because the next big decision is waiting outside of the Oval Office."

Attorney Jonathan Tinsley, with Tressler & Associates, currently serves as President of the 15th Judicial Bar Association and coordinated the event.

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