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Saturday, October 22, 2005

U.S. Attorney Paul McNulty leaves position, Steve Baril to step up?

From the WaPo:
President Bush will nominate U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty of Alexandria to become the next deputy attorney general, the White House announced yesterday, replacing an earlier candidate who dropped out amid growing opposition from Senate Democrats.

McNulty, 47, has presided over a dramatic expansion of the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria, which has become the central legal front in the Bush administration's anti-terrorism strategy.
Congrats to Mr. McNulty. I'm sure he'll do a good job.

Here at SST, we are always looking for the Virginia politics angle, and here it is: Steve Baril was a finalist for the U.S. Attorney appointment for the Eastern District of Virginia in 2001. Instead, the nomination went to McNulty.

From the May 4, 2005 Daily Progress:
“I think I win hands down” in terms of who is the better lawyer, Baril said. He mentioned being one of several lawyers nominated by U.S. Sens. John Warner and George Allen for a U.S. Attorney position that went to Paul McNulty in 2001. He also served on the Virginia Criminal Justice Services Board from 1998 to 2001.
From Mr. Baril's bio page:
In 2001, Senators Warner and Allen nominated Steve as a finalist to President Bush for U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, which speaks
volumes about his legal qualifications to serve as Attorney General.
I'll be interested to see if Mr. Baril expresses interest in this position. Perhaps his run for AG raised his profile enough to get the nod this time.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Further, if Baril were to be named US Attorney, what does that do to his 2009 AG campaign?

5:51 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does one advance a "Marshall Plan for Transportation" as a US Attorney?

For that matter how does one do it as AG?

...................................

OBJECTION YOUR HONOR:

RELEVANCE.

1:13 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"McNulty, 47, has presided over a dramatic expansion of the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria"

This is the Bush Administration in a nutshell. "Dramatic expansion" of the federal government is fine as long as it's Republicans doing it.

2:06 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"McNulty, 47, has presided over a dramatic expansion of the U.S. attorney's office in Alexandria"

This is the Bush Administration in a nutshell. "Dramatic expansion" of the federal government is fine as long as it's Republicans doing it.

2:06 PM

 

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