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Obama picks Walker for U.S. attorney in eastern N.C.

Posted December 1, 2009

— President Obama has nominated a Charlotte attorney to be the U.S. attorney for eastern North Carolina.

The White House said Monday night that the president is recommending 45-year-old Thomas G. Walker to the post. Walker is a partner with Alston & Bird, where he's worked since 2003.

Walker previously worked as special counsel to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper from 2001 to 2003. He also served as assistant U.S. attorney in western North Carolina from 1994 to 2001. While in the U.S. Department of Justice, he served on a campaign finance task force assembled by former Attorney General Janet Reno.

A graduate of Campbell University's law school, Walker worked as a prosecutor for Mecklenburg County from 1990 to 1994.

His nomination as U.S. attorney has to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

He would replace George Holding, a Republican appointee who has led the investigation of former Gov. Mike Easley and former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, both Democrats.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Dec 1, 2009

    Looks like Obama is paying Easley and other corrupt Democrats back for their support. With Walker in place there will be no more prosecution of corrupt Democrats as long as Obama is in office.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 1, 2009

    "Reading between the lines it would appear from WRAL's article that this appointment is based on political affiliation"

    Of course the appointment was made based in part on political affiliation. that is how it works.

  • rand321 Dec 1, 2009

    seeing how the investigation is targeting more high level democarts within the state party organization, one that supported Obama; one has to wonder if he is trying to make sure these allegations stay buried.

    The NC GOP should be able to make polical hay out of this appt come 2010. Obama should have listened to Hagan and let Holder finish the investigation and the chips fall as they may.

    Sounds like something GW Bush would do.

  • Hip-Shot Dec 1, 2009

    Reading between the lines it would appear from WRAL's article that this appointment is based on political affiliation and the fact that a Republican has investigated Democrats.

  • vote4changeASAP Dec 1, 2009

    Okay WRAL, you posted George Holding's political party affiliation. What is Walker's party affiliation? It is only fair that you post that information also. Just curious.

  • XLAW Dec 1, 2009

    There are three Federal Districts in North Carolina - the Western, Middle and Eastern. Without questioning Walker's credentials, isn't there a qualified Democrat attorney in the Eastern District to fill the position in the Eastern District? Why is it necessary to import someone to Raleigh?