Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Wallace, who was considered the leading pick for the U.S. Attorney post in the Muskogee-based Eastern District of Oklahoma, is suddenly out, reports Jim Myers in the Tulsa World,
It’s a “total shock,” a source told the Tulsa World. Wallace did not respond to a request for comment from Main Justice.
But Wallace did speak to Myers. He said:
“”I was told they were not advancing my name… I’ve been given no specific reason … I submitted a letter Friday asking the president to remove my name from the list of potential candidates.”
Bush appointee Sheldon Sperling has not resigned from his post at the head of the Muskogee office.
This development comes days before his nomination was expected to be announced, the Tulsa World reported. Two weeks ago, Sanford Coats was nominated to the U.S. Attorney post for Oklahoma’s Western District, based in Oklahoma City.
The sudden upheaval in the Eastern District shakes up an already turbulent nominations process in the Sooner State, which is represented in the Senate by two conservative Republicans, Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe, who are ideological foes of the Democratic Obama administration. As we reported earlier, Coburn and Inhofe have helped block a U.S. Attorney candidate in Oklahoma’s Northern District. Read our earlier report here.