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Hagan looks to split U.S. attorney job

Posted July 10, 2009

U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan

— U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan on Friday submitted three names to President Barack Obama for U.S. attorney in the federal court system's Eastern District of North Carolina.

But Hagan said she wanted U.S. Attorney George Holding to remain in office to handle political corruption investigations into former Gov. Mike Easley and former U.S. Sen. John Edwards.

"During my conversations with the Office of the White House Counsel, there was an interest expressed by the counsel’s office to potentially appoint a separate individual to begin handling other matters not related to these investigations," Hagan wrote in her letter to Obama.

She recommended Ben David, district attorney for New Hanover and Pender counties; Hampton Dellinger, Easley's former legal counsel, partner in the Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson law firm and former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor; and Thomas Walker, a partner at the Alston and Bird law firm who concentrates on complex federal and state government investigations and white-collar defense.

Hagan also recommended Superior Court Judge Allen Cobb, Superior Court Judge Quentin Sumner and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer May-Parker for a federal judgeship in the Eastern District.

She recommended Anita Earls, executive director of Durham-based Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Superior Court Judge Catherine Eagles and Superior Court Judge Edwin Wilson for a judgeship in the federal court system's Middle District of North Carolina.

For the U.S. attorney in the Middle District, Hagan recommended Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand, son of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tony Rand; Superior Court Judge Susan Taylor and attorney Lee Farmer, who has a background in civil litigation.


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  • colliedave Jul 10, 2009

    Oh wait, Obama can't vote in NORTH CAROLINA

    but he will import is minions from ACORN for one-stop voting. Who care about seeing they are actual citizens of the state. She is just engaging in the old political game practiced by both parties called "pay-back,"

  • FE Jul 10, 2009

    Quite frankly I'm surprised Ms Hagan did not nominate former Guv Mike Easley. After all, he IS a loyal Democrat and has had over the years much experience in the court system.

    Actually, he may be soon getting a little MORE experience in the court system?

    Another name that caught my attention was Ripley Rand. And his daddy is exactly WHO ??


  • whatusay Jul 10, 2009

    She is trying to repay those who put her in office, and she expects them to help her stay there.

  • beachboater Jul 10, 2009

    "Health care reform would help our state along with 49 others."
    durhamguy5 -

    Yep, tort reform would be a great start to that. If you think health care is expensive and bad now, wait until it's socialized and free.

  • affirmativediversity Jul 10, 2009

    I recently wrote to Sen Hagan about all the spending she keeps voting for. I reminded her, in my letter, that THE PEOPLE OF NORTH CAROLINA IS WHO SHE REPRESENTS IN THE SENATE...not OBAMA or Harry REID.

    I got a reply...YES an actual reply!!!

    It "thank me for my concerns" and stated "MANY IN NORTH CAROLINA SHARE THEM"...and then it went on to tell me "BUT I'M SUPPORTING PRESIDENT OBAMA"

    Keep that in mind next time she comes up for re election...SURE HOPE OBAMA's vote will be enough....Oh wait, Obama can't vote in NORTH CAROLINA!

  • affirmativediversity Jul 10, 2009

    Hagan recommended "Hampton Dellinger, Easley's former legal counsel, partner in the Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson law firm and former Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor"


  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jul 10, 2009

    I knew her appointees were political appointees designed to protect Democratic elected officials when one of her appointees was a former legal counsel for Mike Easley. Bet they did this to protect Mary Easley.

    More change (socialism) that you can count on from our Socialist President Obama and Kay Hagan.

  • durhamguy5 Jul 10, 2009

    I don't know, that list looks pretty impressive to me. And I don't think "Easley attorney" really tells the story - he sued the administration more recently than he worked in it (http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/434023.html).

    Health care reform would help our state along with 49 others.

  • DML Jul 10, 2009

    I've said it once and I'll say it again, that is not an attractive lady.
    That being said, Why is she running commercials about how she supports health care, almost campaign-like in nature. Memo to Kay, you won the election, now go spend some time and effort helping our state and not politicing for universal health care.

  • showed up late Jul 10, 2009

    Dag gum.