In a clear example of political payback, Phoenix lawyer Dennis Burke, 46, is said to have the inside track for the coveted position of U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona.
Burke has been at Janet Napolitano’s side for years, serving as her Chief-of-Staff when she was Governor and as Chief Assistant Attorney General during her term as Attorney General. When Napolitano was United States Attorney, it was Burke who was at her right hand.
He also joined Napolitano in positioning himself on the Obama team. When he stepped down from his post in the Governor’s office last year amid speculation he might run for AG, he said he was leaving to ramp up his involvement in “political campaigns” Turns out the gig was a singular campaign — that of Barack Obama.
Following Napolitano appears to have paid off for perennial second banana Burke.
The daily reports on what appears to be the imminent appointment here.