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To be “interim” or not to be “interim”? That is the question surrounding Peter Nickles, who has served Mayor Adrian M. Fenty as acting attorney general over the past three months.

Yesterday, Nickles taped an interview on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk with Bruce DePuyt. DePuyt asked the controversial consigliere whether he planned to lose the interim tag anytime soon, which would require him moving out of his longtime Great Falls, Va., home and into the District, not to mention contentious council hearings. Nickles has certainly tackled his job with gusto as of late, recently filing suit against scores of scofflaw landlords.

Nickles’ reply:

The big issue that I have, I’ve been living in one place in Virginia for 44 years. I came into the District every day for those 44 years, and helped build up a law firm from about 80 to about 750. I’ve been the mayor’s lawyer for a long time, his friend, a great friend of his father. I have great investment in the success of this administration, so it’s something the mayor and I are talking about. But this is a great mayor, he’s doing great things. I want to be part of it.

Nickles may also have dropped an oblique hint earlier this month when LL was chatting with him before a press conference on taxi meters: He mentioned that now would be a great time to invest in District real estate.