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  •  At this point in Obama's presidency (3+ / 0-)
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    bumiputera, lordpet8, MichaelNY

    I don't think there could possibly be many Republican US Attorneys left. Maybe there are a few holdovers left from Bush? But I doubt it.

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    by David Nir on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:36:56 AM PST

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    •  I think there are none left (4+ / 0-)
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      bumiputera, lordpet8, ArkDem14, MichaelNY

      I believe he kept on two, Patrick Fitzgerald in N. Illinois  and Jim Letten in LA. Both have stepped down within the last year or so.

      Tarver is, in fact, a Dem. He was a Democratic state senator before becoming US Attorney.

      •  Maryland's US Attorney is a Bush holdover (1+ / 0-)
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        Rod Rosenstein. I think he's the last one. He's kept his job because Mikulski and Cardin blocked him from being a judge and this is there way of making it up to him.

        •  Rod Rosenstein (3+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY, bumiputera, GloFish

          was blocked from being a judge by MD's two senators purportedly because he didn't have strong enough legal ties to the state.  But politics entered into it as well; Bush nominated him to fill a Maryland-based position that Clinton tried and failed to fill with Andre Davis; Rosenstein was the third failed Bush attempt to fill the seat.  (One rightly unsuccessful Bush nominee to that seat was Claude Allen, a former North Carolina Jesse Helms associate and Virginia official who was busted for a failed buy-and-return items scheme at a Target at which I shop.)  The seat wasn't filled until Obama ultimately re-nominated Davis and he was confirmed.

          But in fairness to Rosenstein, he apparently is decently competent and can't be too far to the right; if he were, then Obama (with Mikulski and Cardin's support) would have removed him from being US Attorney a long time ago.

          37, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

          by Mike in MD on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 07:37:35 PM PST

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      •  Fitzgerald is not a Republican (2+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY, bumiputera

        He's also leaving or has left the U.S. Attorney post, but he was an independent.  A story goes when he lived and registered to vote in New York, he mistakenly initially registered wtih the Independence Party, not realizing it was a political party and did not mean "independent."

        45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

        by DCCyclone on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 08:14:14 PM PST

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