Balfe Out as U.S. Attorney

Things are looking a little slow on the news and blogging front this morning, but here’s a couple of tidbits that you might have missed:

U.S. Attorney Bob Balfe in the Western District of Arkansas is leaving his post. He’s headed to the private sector, joining the Mitchell Williams law firm, says Tim Griffin at the Griffin Room.

Asa Hutchinson, former U.S. Attorney/congressman/DEA chief/homeland security honcho/gubernatorial candidate/Kinkade employer, is at it again. He’s joining up with some other security-minded types to launch a consultancy firm to advise chemical facilities on complying with federal regulations and standards.

Update: Commenter Br549, always with a keen eye to the future, jumps to the next question: Who’s jockeying for U.S. Attorney slots under the incoming Democratic administration? Senior Senator Blanche Lincoln (another former Kinkade employer) will certainly hold some sway in the decision…Feel free to float names in the comments section if you’re so disposed.

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11 thoughts on “Balfe Out as U.S. Attorney

  • December 8, 2008 at 9:06 am
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    Well, doesn’t that beg the question…and one that I havent seen the trained news hounds looking into….who is vying for those US Atty spots?

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  • December 8, 2008 at 9:23 am
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    I haven’t heard any specific speculation along those lines, Br549, but if you and the team want to start floating names, I’m all ears.
    D.

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  • December 8, 2008 at 9:52 am
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    Are there any Democrats in Northwest Arkansas to take Balfe’s job?

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  • December 8, 2008 at 10:52 am
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    Don’t forget that the U.S. Attorney Western District of Arkansas goes all the way down to Texarkana, Bill.
    D.

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  • December 8, 2008 at 3:54 pm
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    Thanks, Steve. I’ve heard those two names as well. Also, another reader sent in the following via email:

    —Michael Barnes, partner at Wright, Lindsey and Jennings and son of US District Judge Harry Barnes

    —Former state Rep. Chris Thyer of Jonesboro and partner of Stanley & Thyer trial lawyers

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  • December 8, 2008 at 5:27 pm
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    Shawn Johnson would be a helluva pick. Smart, astute, and from NWA. He would be a great pick for that spot.

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  • December 8, 2008 at 7:33 pm
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    Conner Eldridge Was just named President of his father-in-laws Summit Bank I seriously doubt he would be interested in leaving.

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  • December 9, 2008 at 8:03 am
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    How about Dan Ivey? Is he still around? ( I am joking)

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  • December 9, 2008 at 9:23 am
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    Lisa Ferrell is another one.

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  • December 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm
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    Some have said that Eva Madison – Fayetteville native, Vanderbilt Graduate – Honor Grad at UA Law School and editor of Arkansas Law Review – plus clerked for Judge G. Thomas Eisley (sp) – good, faithful democrat would be a good choice

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