Texas correspondence, notes underscore Miers' ties to Bush

NATION DIGEST

Nation Digest

October 11, 2005|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

AUSTIN, Texas -- "You are the best governor ever - deserving of great respect," Harriet E. Miers wrote to George W. Bush days after his 51st birthday in July 1997. She also found him "cool," called him and his wife, Laura, "the greatest!" and told him: "Keep up the great work. Texas is blessed."

Miers, President Bush's personal lawyer and his selection for a Supreme Court seat, emerges as an unabashed fan in more than 2,000 pages of official correspondence and personal notes made public yesterday by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in response to open-records requests.

The documents - including many minutes of meetings of the Texas Lottery Commission, which Miers headed - shed little light on her legal thinking but underscore her ties to Bush. Because of their closeness and her lack of a judicial record, some critics have dismissed Miers as a crony unworthy of nomination to the high court but for her confidential service as the president's lawyer.

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