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Published July 29 2010

Dorgan hopes for vote soon on US attorney

WASHINGTON – The nomination for North Dakota U.S. attorney hopeful Timothy Purdon is on the Senate’s executive calendar, and Sen. Byron Dorgan said he hopes the Senate will vote to confirm Purdon before the August recess.

Purdon, a Bismarck attorney, received the Senate Judiciary Committee’s approval on July 20. He needs a confirmation vote by the entire Senate before he can be sworn in as North Dakota’s next chief federal prosecutor.

The Senate is not in session between Aug. 9 and Sept. 10, but Dorgan told North Dakota reporters Wednesday that he hopes the Senate will vote on Purdon before the holiday.

“There’s no controversy on it, and we expect perhaps next week for that to be moved,” Dorgan said.

He again expressed his frustration with the speed of the nomination process.

“It’s been over a year and a half now (since President Obama took office), so it’s just very frustrating for all of us,” Dorgan said. “This process just moves painfully slowly. ... My hope is perhaps by the end of this week or, at the latest, by the end of next week, this will be cleared.”