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Politics as Usual Impeding Philly U.S. Attorney Appointment

Politics as usual isn’t really good enough. It’s been almost a year since Pres. Obama took office and there’s still no clear picture as to who will be the new U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia. That should be unacceptable.

Acting U.S. Atty. Michael Levy/gov photo

Acting U.S. Atty. Michael Levy/gov photo

By MICHAEL HINKELMAN
Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA — By this date eight years ago, the then-new U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, Patrick Meehan, had been on the job almost four months, after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2001.

Now, almost a year into President Obama’s term, there is not even a nominee for the post. And the appointment of a new U.S. attorney, which is considered a plum assignment, is not believed to be imminent, sources familiar with the process say.

Some blame the ambling pace on unusual political circumstances.

Traditionally, the state’s senior senator of the president’s party, in this case Sen. Bob Casey, makes a recommendation to the White House. However, when longtime Republican Sen. Arlen Specter switched parties last April and became a Democrat, that complicated the selection process, sources said.

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