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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

DeWine (R) a Potential Nominee for Attorney General?

Okay, this is the second time I've heard the name of the recently defeated Ohio senator, Mike DeWine (R-Cedarville), mentioned as a possible nominee to replace Alberto Gonzales as U.S. Attorney General. I can't remember where I saw it the first time (and Googling didn't turn it up).

My instinct is to want to call DeWine for a reaction, but I'm having some trouble coming up with a number to call. Working on it. Will update.

Presumably, the minimum qualifications (at least for a consensus-type candidate) are someone with notable public stature, great skills as an administrator, independence from the White House, and a proven commitment to putting the interests of nation ahead of party politics.

UPDATE: Mike DeWine replied by email that he has no comment.

2nd UPDATE - I am told, by a person very familiar with the nomination process for federal judges, that when a putative nominee says "No comment" -- rather than, for example, "Are you out of your mind? No way!" -- it usually means that the person is in fact under consideration.

3rd UPDATE: See? What did I tell you! U.S. News & World Report also mentions DeWine as a possible nominee, citing a Fox News report.


At August 28, 2007 9:25 AM , Bill Sloat said...

Hi Jeff --

DeWine would probably be a decent choice to replace Gonzales. I wonder if the GOP right would be willing to accept him, though. He's not their cup of tea. Other than the NSC director, is there an Ohioan left who holds a key position with the Bush Administration? Rob Portman was the most recent Ohioan with any gravitas to bail out. Is he on any AG lists? Jeff, I do seem to remember hearing DeWine's name a few months back . . .

At August 28, 2007 9:40 AM , Jeff said...

Hi Bill -

I called and left a message at Cedarville University, and talked to teh department head at Miami University, who gave me an email address for DeWine. I've emailed - we'll see if I get anything back.

The PD mentioned someone this morning, a Cleveland attorney by the name of Craig Morford, who was Traficant's prosecutor. He is now Deputy Attorney General and No. 2 at DOJ, but is not thought to have the necessary high profile to be No. 1.


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