Acting Atty. Gen. Peter Nickles

The District’s body politic waits with bated breath for news on the house hunt of D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles. LL is happy to indulge.

Nickles, of course, is required to move within city limits from his Great Falls, Va., home within 180 days of his confirmation, which happened Nov. 18. He broached the subject yesterday in a wide-ranging interview on WAMU-FM’s Kojo Nnamdi Show. LL caught up with the attorney general later in the day.

“I’ve decided to buy, not rent,” he told LL, citing the impending federal stimulus package, which he expects will have a salutary effect on mortgage rates. In any event, he says, “I’m not going to be around forever. It’s important to have a good investment.”

As far as locale, Nickles expressed a preference for something in the mid-Connecticut Avenue area—-Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, something around the National Zoo. That’s an area of town he knows well, he says, from trips to the zoo with his grandkids.

As for timeline: “I figure early March I’ll start, because by then the stimulus will be enacted and we’ll see what effect that has on the economy.”

Nickles: a strategic thinker.

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