I'd wondered why we'd heard no rumors about candidates in Texas' Eastern and Southern District, but apparently, in the Eastern District, at least, there's a reason: "there isn't a Congressional Delegation Committee for EDTX yet because there are no Dem Congressmen in that district."
This lawyer says that Tammy Reno (no relation to Janet), is the likely frontrunner. "She's the #2 in that office now. Formerly of the NDTX office where she prosecuted coyotes and was working on the public corruption cases when she left to go to the EDTX."
The other candidate mentioned in the Eastern District is Judge Bob Wortham of Beaumont, who ironically was US Attorney under Ronald Reagan but later switched parties to run for judge.
The source adds, "because the USA is staying for now (Becky Gregory) I bet the Obama admin doesn't pick this one for a while. As a side note, this may be the only USA dist in the country headed by 2 women -- in the EDTX of all places!"
In the Southern District, the names Susan Strawn (who ran last fall as a Democrat for the Court of Criminal Appeals) and Larry Veleska were mentioned as candidates, but I'm told there are also other possible nominees out there. My source wouldn't handicap the outcome.
- Terri Moore, Dallas District Attorney Craig Watkins first assistant
- Sarah Saldana, who my source described as "smart and tough and progressive"
- Mike Snipes, an Iraqi war vet, West Point graduate, former AUSA in the Northern District
Finally, commenters had suggested several candidates in the running for the Western District slot:
- David Escamilla: Current Travis County Attorney
- Mike McCrum: Former AUSA Chief of Major Crimes and Drug Unit for over 10 years
- Michael Bernard: Current San Antonio City Attorney
- Scott Hendler: Austin-based personal injury lawyer