Thanks to Dan Haley of The Denver Post for being among the first local reporters to remember that Colorado doesn't have a U.S. Attorney yet. We at Colorado Pols have been wondering for months what was going to happen with the nomination since John Suthers left to become attorney general, yet for months it was a topic that was virtually ignored in the media. Here's Haley's take:
The waiting game is just about over for three prominent Colorado lawyers wanting to be the state's next U.S. attorney. "We're getting very close" to a decision, says U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard's spokesman, Sean Conway. Dispelling rumors that the White House was underwhelmed by the choices, Conway believes the administration soon will select either Troy Eid, former legal counsel for Gov. Bill Owens; Jim Peters, district attorney for the 18th Judicial District; or Stu VanMeveren, district attorney for the 8th Judicial District.
All three have undergone an extensive interview process in hopes of replacing John Suthers, who was named Colorado Attorney General after Salazar was elected to the Senate.The five month wait has been long enough to spark rumors in political circles, but Conway said all three of them did very well in their interviews and that the fight over the would-be filibustering of President Bush's judicial nominees and the confirmation of U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales slowed the process considerably. And while five months may seem like an eternity to the candidates, Conway cautions that it took nine months for Suthers to be confirmed.
As Colorado Pols first reported, this was Eid's job to lose, and by most accounts he lost it. The talk now is that VanMeveren -- Allard's personal choice -- is the favorite over Peters, unless acting U.S. Attorney Bill Leone is just named to the permanent post instead. Look for it to be VanMeveren unless another name surfaces.