Colorado’s next U.S. Attorney would normally have been appointed by now, but even though friends of Troy Eid insist that he will still be named to the position there haven’t been any signs that an announcement is on the way. Eid has gone so far as to let it be known who will be his number two when the selection becomes official, but the FBI background check on Governor Bill Owens’ former legal counsel still continues - leading many in the US Attorney's Office to doubt if Eid will be nominated at all.
There was some talk a few weeks ago that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was not impressed by any of the three names put forward by Senator Wayne Allard for the job and tried to advance a new name - an option that Allard rejected. Eid's friends claim any delay was due solely to Attorney General Gonzales being confirmed and taking time to get the lay of the land.
Meanwhile, acting U.S. Attorney Bill Leone is hoping to fill the vacuum and be named to the post permanently. Leone is hurt by the fact that Senator Allard and many in the office think that he is a bit of a hot dog. It didn't help his case that the high profile Qwest prosecution that Leone had been personally handling was taken from him by Washington D.C. officials and assigned to two Department of Justice Lawyers.