Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. (Alison Church/Freelance)
Like the four million Americans tuning in to watch ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard is wondering if his most famous assistant district attorney, Andi Dorfman, is about to be married.
Dorfman is nearly half way through a 10 week run of the reality show during which she attempts to find one true love from among 25 contestants. Production has concluded, but she’s under contract with ABC to remain silent about the outcome until after the finale airs in July. The leave of absence Dorfman took in February to start shooting the show was to run through May. She didn’t return to work on the first Monday in June. She did come to the courthouse on that Tuesday–not to return to her job prosecuting gang-related violent crimes, but to ask if she could come back in December, Howard said.
“She said she had other commitments until December,” Howard said. “I asked her if she was getting married, but she couldn’t tell me.”
Then he wondered aloud, “If she’s getting married, will she ever come back?”
Howard discussed Dorfman in a ballroom at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort Saturday night following the swearing-in ceremony for Patrise Perkins-Hooker as president of the State Bar of Georgia. When the room cleared and the crowd moved down the hall for dinner and dancing, Howard found himself surrounded by women talking about “The Bachelorette.”
“I can’t believe you watch it,” he said to a reporter. “I can’t watch it.”
But his wife watches the show, he said. So do a number of women at his church. “I just wish it would end,” he said, because every Sunday women at church give him messages to pass on to Dorfman about who to keep and who to send home.
“I try to tell them it’s already been taped, but they don’t believe me,” he said.
Howard does have his own ideas about Dorfman’s future. Although her job in the courtroom will be waiting for her if she wants to return in December, he said he doesn’t expect her back.
Since she’s smart, articulate and comfortable in front of a camera, he sees a future for her in television–possibly hosting a legal talk show. Predicted Howard, “I think she’ll go to CNN or something like that.”
That’s with or without a fiancé.