President Barack Obama has come under fire for his nomination of Tim Purdon for North Dakota U.S. Attorney, with some critics saying the prominent Democrat received the nomination for his party allegiance rather than his experience, Fox News reported Saturday.
Critics say that Purdon was chosen over more-qualified candidates due to his political connections. Purdon — who was on the executive committee of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party from February 2006 until his resignation earlier this month — has no prosecutorial experience. Read about his full background here.
Bill Brudvik, who had been a candidate for the job, initially criticized Obama for the nomination of Purdon in an interview with the Fargo Forum, but on Saturday he declined comment to Fox News. “I’ve said way too much,” Brudvik told Fox.
Others who were under consideration for the job were Jasper Schneider, a state representative and Fargo attorney; Janice Morley, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Fargo; and Rebecca Thiem, an attorney with Zuger Kirmis & Smith in Bismarck.
Scott Hennen, a conservative commentator in North Dakota, blasted Purdon’s political connections and his background as a criminal defense attorney, Fox News reported.
“Talk about the fox guarding the hen house,” he wrote on his Web site. “Looks like Purdon’s lifetime service to the Democrats — raising mega bucks for big government-loving tax-hiking liberals — is getting rewarded.”
Purdon has the support of his state’s delegation.
Democratic Rep. Earl Pomeroy, in a statement, called Purdon an “outstanding choice.”
“He is well respected and an example of how dedication, education and hard work pay off. He has a distinguished record and has proven his ability to enforce the law with conviction and courage,” Pomeroy added. “We are confident he will make a fine U.S. attorney, upholding the Constitution and protecting all North Dakotans.”
In a written statement to Fox News, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) also defended Purdon.
“Tim Purdon is a talented attorney with a distinguished legal record. As has been stated previously, Senator Conrad has complete confidence in Mr. Purdon’s ability to enforce the law and serve the people of North Dakota,” Conrad wrote.
If confirmed, Purdon would replace Drew Wrigley, who was the district’s U.S. Attorney from 2001 until Sept. 11, 2009. The district’s current acting U.S. Attorney is Lynn C. Jordheim.
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Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) “remains frustrated” that President Barack Obama has yet to nominate a U.S. Attorney for the state, The Forum of Fargo, N.D., reports. “I don’t understand it. That U.S. Attorney position should have been filled,” the senator told the newspaper Thursday.
Lynn C. Jordheim has been North Dakota’s acting U.S. Attorney since Sept. 13, following the resignation of Drew Wrigley, who had been the district’s head prosecutor since November 2001. Wright was nominated by President George W. Bush. He is now the vice president of the Fargo-based Noridian Administrative Services, which helps businesses with information management and customer service.
Among the names being considered for the position are:
- Tim Purdon, an attorney at Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, N.D.
- Jasper Schneider, a state representative and Fargo, N.D.
- Bill Brudvik, a partner at Ohnstad Twichell Law Firm in Mayville, N.D., and candidate for state attorney general
- Janice Morley, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Fargo, N.D.
- Rebecca Thiem, an attorney with Zuger Kirmis & Smith in Bismarck, N.D
Dorgan previously has expressed concerns about the slow vetting process. He told The Forum that he has spoke with the White House about his concerns but would not disclose details of those talks. “I understand that nominations are tough sometimes. It requires vetting. They don’t get done as soon as they should – I understand all that,” he told the newspaper. “It just seems to me that the U.S. attorney’s position is a very important position, and we had expected this to be completed long before now.”
According to The Forum, White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage previously has refused to comment on the nomination process until an official announcement is made.
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Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) told a local radio station he is frustrated that President Obama has yet to nominate a for U.S. Attorney for North Dakota.
Dorgan said he knows who will be nominated but declined to identify the nominee, because that’s the White House’s job, WDAY Radio News reported.
“I think the White House is largely settled on who they want to nominate,” Dorgan told the radio station. “They are now in the process of doing what is called the vetting, and that is taking longer than one would expect. I assume they are doing that in a lot of cases, and we are not the only ones I think that are frustrated by that. There are many other areas around the country in which nominations are expected but not forthcoming.”
The North Dakota congressional delegation reportedly recommended several candidates to Obama, including Jasper Schneider and Janice Morley. Schneider is a member of the North Dakota state legislature and a lawyer at Fargo’s Schneider Law Firm. Morley is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the North Dakota office.
Lynn Jordheim has been North Dakota’s acting U.S. Attorney Sept. 13 following the resignation of Drew Wrigley, who had been the district’s head prosecutor since November 2001, when he was nominated by President George W. Bush. He is currently the vice president of the Fargo-based Noridian Administrative Services, which helps businesses with information management and customer service.
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Assistant U.S. Attorney Lynn C. Jordheim on Sunday became acting U.S. Attorney for North Dakota, Fargo newspaper Inforum reported today. U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley resigned last Friday. Wrigley had served as the district’s head prosecutor since November 2001, when he was nominated by President George W. Bush, The Associated Press reported.
Last week, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) said he expects President Obama to nominate a U.S. Attorney for the district soon, the Fargo newspaper said. As we previously reported, the North Dakota congressional delegation has recommended several candidates to Obama including Jasper Schneider and Janice Morley.
Schneider is a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives and a lawyer at Fargo’s Schneider Law Firm. Morley is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the North Dakota office.
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U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley will step down as North Dakota’s top federal prosecutor on September 11, Fargo’s WDAY-TV reported today.
The Bush appointee has served as the North Dakota U.S. Attorney since 2oo1. He will become the vice president of the Fargo-based Noridian Administrative Services, which helps businesses with information management and customer service.
Wrigley told WDAY-TV he hopes the death penalty appeals case of Alfonoso Rodriguez will be decided before he leaves office. Rodriguez was convicted in 2006 for the murder and abduction of Dru Sjodin. Read the Minneapolis Star-Tribune article on Rodriguez here.
President Obama has yet to nominate a U.S. Attorney to replace Wrigley. The North Dakota congressional delegation has recommended several U.S. Attorney candidates to the president including Jasper Schneider and Janice Morley, according to WDAY-TV.
Schneider is a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives and a lawyer at Fargo’s Schneider Law Firm, where he handles cases on workforce safety, employment law and civil litigation. Read his full profile here.
Morley is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the North Dakota office.