Republican state lawmaker wants to be U.S. attorney

Saturday, August 20th 2005, 6:59 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Republican state Representative Fred Morgan says he'd like to be the next US attorney for Oklahoma's western federal judicial district.

The Oklahoma City legislator met with Senator Jim Inhofe and plans to meet with Senator Tom Coburn next week. The president, with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoints US attorneys.

Next year is Morgan's last in the Legislature because of term limits.

If Morgan were appointed, he would resign his seat in the Legislature. State Election Board officials say that if it occurs before March 1st, the governor would call a special election to fill the unused term.

US Attorney Robert McCampbell is quitting the post at the end of August to return to Crowe and Dunlevy, the state's largest law firm, where he's worked twice before.

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales probably will choose an interim federal prosecutor until the president appoints McCampbell's successor.