User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


21° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

GOP Questions U.S. Attorney Nomination Process

October 8, 2009, 5:59 PM by Don Jorgensen

GOP Questions U.S. Attorney Nomination Process
The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved the appointment of Brendan Johnson, son of Democratic Senator Tim Johnson, as the next U.S. Attorney in South Dakota.  But some Republicans are now crying foul over the process.

When 34-year-old Brendan Johnson applied for the U.S. Attorney's position, he made it clear to KELOLAND News, his father, who is the ranking senior senator in South Dakota, would stay out of the process.  But last week when Brendan Johnson's nomination was delayed, Senator Johnson contacted Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy to find out why.

South Dakota Republicans feel Johnson broke a promise. 

"The reality here is Senator Johnson made a commitment earlier this year to steer clear of being involved in the appointment of Brendan Johnson, clearly the Republican Party feels the decision should be based on merits and qualifications, not what your last name is or who you know," executive director of South Dakota's Republican Party Lucas Lentsch said.

Senator Johnson's office tells KELOLAND News Brendan Johnson was appointed by the President but confirms the Senator did check on the status of his son's nomination only because there are several positions that remain unfilled, not just his son's. 

"Senator Johnson is only doing his job on behalf of the people of the state to make sure all of these nominees are getting through and being filled and has made inquiries on other positions that remain unfilled just as the U.S. Marshals are being filled in ," Senator Johnson's communication's director, Julianne Fisher, said.

It turns out Brendan Johnson wasn't the only South Dakotan who applied to be the state's next U.S. attorney. Beadle County States attorney Michael Moore also applied. Moore says he thinks it was a fair process.

Previous Story

Next Story


RELATED STORIES


Sponsored
 

You may also like

Blizzard Impacting Travel In Southeast KELOLAND

2/2/2016 10:03 AM

The Sioux Falls Police Department is also advising no travel within the city. Officials say visibility is near zero with blowing snow and scattered sl...

Full Story
Superintendent Cancels School With Video

2/2/2016 1:41 PM

Dr. Donavan DeBoer with the Parker School District posted the cancellation notice on YouTube.

Full Story
Police: Woman Raped At Her Apartment Building

2/5/2016 11:17 AM

The woman told Sioux Falls Police she believes the man followed her into her apartment.

Full Story
Storm Center Update- Monday AM

2/1/2016 5:26 AM

A quiet weather day is ahead for most of KELOLAND ahead of winter storm headed for the southeast.  Blizzard watches and warnings are posted for m...

Full Story
Drivers Breaking The Law

2/2/2016 5:00 PM

No travel is advised in many areas of KELOLAND Tuesday night.  Interstate 29 from Sioux Falls to Sioux City is closed and probably won't reop...

Full Story | Watch


Events