Sen. George LeMieux scrutinizing recommendations for vacant U.S. attorney posts
On the heels of Sen. George LeMieux's active use of "holds" to block legislation and the U.S. ambassador to Brazil comes word that he has been reviewing U.S. attorney recommendations suggested to the White House by Sen. Bill Nelson and former Sen. Mel Martinez.
LeMieux met with White House counsel Greg Craig on Nov. 9 to review the names submitted for the vacant U.S. attorney spots for the Middle and Southern districts. LeMieux's office would not discuss specifics, saying it was inappropriate to comment before a nominee emerges.
The Buzz is people close to Gov. Charlie Crist are throwing up objections to Harry Shorstein, a Democrat and former state attorney in Jacksonville who is now in private practice and has been recommended for the Middle District, which stretches from Jacksonville to Naples.
Nelson and Martinez passed along three names to the White House: Shorstein, interim Florida Middle District Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert O’Neill and Florida Middle District Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg. Background here.