A coalition of Utah conservatives and liberals are demanding answers from President Barack Obama regarding his appointment of a "staunch Republican party operative" to be the new U.S. Attorney for the district of Utah.---
It's customary in the search for U.S. Attorneys across the country for the president to tap the local-knowledge of elected Congresspeople from that state. Traditionally, it's expected that these appointments are done with some level of partisanship, meaning local loyalists to the party in power get the nod. So, when it was learned that Obama is vetting former Iron County prosecutor Scott Burns, this new coalition's curiosities were poked.
Signed by former "Citizen's Candidate" Claudia Wright, who challenged Rep. Jim Matheson in this year's Democratic primary, and conservative radio personality Mills Crenshaw, the coalition sent out a press release containing the following questions:
These development come after the long-delayed appointment of David Schwediman, who was the heir apparent--basically--the night Obama was elected. Why his appointment crumbled is anyone's guess. Schwediman would have taken over for former U.S. Attorney and Bush-appointee, Brett Tolman, who knew that tradition would demand his replacement eventually, resigned almost one year ago.
The coalition says their efforts are not meant to tarnish Burns, or any other appointees. "These are questions for the White House, Senator Hatch, and Congressman Matheson as well as for the party leaders of the State of Utah."
The coalition will hold a press conference tomorrow at 2 p.m., at the Sweet Library.