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Friday, January 21st, 2011

Two federal prosecutors are among a long list of names being mentioned as possible candidates to replace retiring Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.).

Tim Purdon (Vogel Law Firm)

One of the names being circulated is current North Dakota U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon. Purdon took over the U.S. Attorney’s office Aug. 5, 2010, after working in the private sector at the Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, N.D. He also has worked at the Bismarck firm of Dickson & Purdon (now Dickson Law Office). The federal prosecutor came under fire during the confirmation process.

Republican critics said President Barack Obama chose Purdon 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 — had no prosecutorial experience. Read about his full background here.

Drew Wrigley (DOJ)

Another possible candidate is ex-U.S. Attorney Drew Wrigley. Wright was nominated by President George W. Bush and headed the North Dakota office until Sept. 13, 2009. He resigned to become the vice president of Fargo-based Noridian Administrative Services, which helps businesses with information management and customer service.

Last year, Wrigley was mentioned as a possible candidate to replace retiring Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.). However, there is speculation he might rather run for governor in 2012.

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Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Tim Purdon (Vogel Law Firm)

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.

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Timothy Q. Purdon

Tim Purdon (Moorhead State University, Hamline University School of Law) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for North Dakota. He 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.

His vitals:

  • Born in Oakes, N.D., in 1968.
  • Earned an associate’s degree in liberal arts from North Dakota State College of Science.
  • Has worked at Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, N.D., since May 2005. He joined as an associate as was made a partner on Jan. 1,2006.
  • Was on the executive committee of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party from February 2006 until earlier this month.
  • Worked at Dickson & Purdon in Bismarck, N.D., from June 1996 to May 2005. He joined as an associate as was made a partner in 2001. At that time the name of the firm was changed to Dickson & Purdon.
  • Was an associate at Olson & Cichy in Bismarck, N.D., from September 1995 to June 1996.
  • Clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. VanSickle, a senior judge in the U.S. District Court in in Bismarck, N.D., from September 1994 to September 1995.
  • Worked as a summer associate at Briggs & Morgan in St. Paul, Minn., in 1993.
  • Was a summer associate at Jeffries Olson & Flom in Fargo, N.D., in 1992.
  • Worked on the grounds crew at Moorhead Country Club in Moorhead, Minn., during the summer of 1991.
  • Has tried more than 40 jury trials. In at least 95 percent of these cases, he served as sole or chief counsel.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

UPDATE: On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure Purdon reported that his salary and bonuses for 2008 and most of 2009 was $182,000. He also reported $22,000 in LLP income for 2008 and most of 2009 from the law office’s building.

On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure he reported assets of $1,738,800, mostly in securities, and liabilities of $243,000 for a net worth of $1,495,800.

Monday, February 8th, 2010

North Dakota’s Democratic National Committeeman stepped down from his post on Feb. 4 — the same day he was nominated to be his state’s U.S. Attorney, Northdecoder.com, a North Dakota political blog, reported last week.

Tim Purdon (Vogel Law Firm)

U.S. Attorney nominee Tim Purdon has received criticism for his strong political ties and his lack of prosecutorial experience. Purdon, a lawyer at Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck, N.D., has donated almost $12,400 to North Dakota Democrats and national politicians and committees since 2000, including $2,300 to President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, we reported last week. Read his full bio here.

“When President Obama said he wanted to restore the independence and dignity of the U.S. attorney’s office, in light of the Alberto Gonzales fiasco, and then appoints a political activist and party fundraiser, it seems a little to me more like ‘politics as usual’ than ‘change we can believe in’,” Bill Brudvik, who had been a candidate for the job, told the Fargo Forum.

Purdon declined to comment to Main Justice. Spokespersons for the DNC as well as North Dakota’s two Democratic senators -  Kent Conrad and Byron Dorgan - didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

But the North Dakota congressional delegation — which includes Conrad, Dorgan and at large Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D) — said in a joint statement last week that Purdon was 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,” the congressional delegation said in the statement. “We are confident he will make a fine U.S. Attorney, upholding the Constitution and protecting all North Dakotans.”

It isn’t unusual for U.S. Attorney nominees to be closely involved with party politics before they are tapped and some have had little — if any — prosecutorial experience. Many Obama U.S. Attorney nominees donated to Democrats in 2008 and some played roles on Democratic campaigns. A few were never prosecutors before they became U.S. Attorneys.

Purdon would replace Lynn C. Jordheim, who has been North Dakota’s acting U.S. Attorney since the Sept. 13 resignation of Drew Wrigley. Wrigley, who had been the district’s head prosecutor since November 2001, is now the vice president of  the Fargo, N.D.,-based Noridian Administrative Services, which helps businesses with information management and customer service.

Some of the reported candidates for the U.S. Attorney post included:

  • 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.
  • Jasper Schneider, a state representative and Fargo.
  • Rebecca Thiem, an attorney with Zuger Kirmis & Smith in Bismarck.
Thursday, February 4th, 2010

President Obama today announced his intention to nominate Bismarck attorney Timothy Purdon to be U.S. Attorney for North Dakota.

Timothy Q. Purdon

Purdon is with the Vogel Law Firm in Bismarck. He also serves as the state’s Democratic National Committeeman. Read Purdon’s bio here.

Purdon has donated nearly $12,400 to North Dakota Democrats and national politicians and committees since 2000, including $2300 to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, a North Dakota news Web site reported, citing Federal Election Commission records.

North Dakota’s retiring junior senator, Democrat Byron Dorgan, had repeatedly complained about the slow pace of the nominating process.

“I understand that nominations are tough sometimes. It requires vetting. They don’t get done as soon as they should – I understand all that,” Dorgan told Inforum, a news Web site based in Fargo, last year. “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.”

If confirmed, Purdon will replace Lynn C. Jordheim, who 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. Wrigley is now the vice president of  the Fargo-based Noridian Administrative Services, which helps businesses with information management and customer service.

Among the others who were reportedly considered for the U.S. Attorney nomination:

  • Jasper Schneider, a state representative and Fargo
  • 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
  • Rebecca Thiem, an attorney with Zuger Kirmis & Smith in Bismarck
Friday, December 4th, 2009
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) (gov)

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) (gov)

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.

Tim Purdon (Vogel Law Firm)

Tim Purdon (Vogel Law Firm)

Jasper Schneider (gov)

Jasper Schneider (gov)

Bill Brudvik (Bill Brudvik for Attorney General)

Bill Brudvik (Bill Brudvik for Attorney General)

Rebecca S. Thiem (Zuger Kirmis & Smith)

Rebecca S. Thiem (Zuger Kirmis & Smith)