He will serve baseball


I write in reference to an Associated Press article in the Sun Journal April 5, headlined “Selig defends choosing Mitchell.”

Sen. George Mitchell was selected to head baseball’s steroid investigation with full independence.

There have been some who have criticized the selection of Sen. Mitchell, claiming that he is an “insider” since he serves as a director of the Boston Red Sox and chairman of The Walt Disney Co., a national broadcaster of baseball and the network airing Barry Bonds’ new reality show.

In a phone conversation I received at home from Sen. Mitchell on the evening of July 23, 1993, when I was Lewiston’s police chief, he informed me that he was recommending me to President Bill Clinton for appointment as the U.S. Marshal for the District of Maine. During that conversation, Sen. Mitchell said to me; “Larry, I ask but one thing of you, and that is that you obey the law.”

Sen. Mitchell has served this country with the highest integrity, honor and distinction as a U.S. attorney, U.S. district court judge and U.S. senator. Now, as chief investigator of the steroid problem in baseball, he will use his autonomy to the fullest to get to the bottom of the issue.

He is a man of utmost integrity, and the reason I know this is because of what he asked of me on that July evening in 1993.

If anyone can get to the bottom of such an issue, it is he.

Laurent F. Gilbert Sr., Lewiston