Two Republicans with roles in the Bush-era U.S. attorney firings scandal were fighting for congressional nominations Tuesday, and the result is a split decision:
Mary Beth Buchanan, who was head of the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys when the firing list was being drawn up in 2005, was, in the words of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, was “trounced” in Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District primary, getting just 33 percent of the vote. The winner was attorney Keith Rothfus.
But surviving the night was Tim “I’m thinking of naming my baby Karl” Griffin. He chalked up a 60-40 win in Arkansas’ 2nd District against restaurant owner Scott Wallace.
Griffin worked as a top aide to Karl Rove and was interim U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas after Bud Cummins was fired by the Bush Administration to make room for Griffin. But he resigned from the job after the Democratic Senate refused to confirm him for a permanent spot on the job.
Griffin’s Democratic opponent will be determined in a June 8 runoff.