Brendan Johnson Nominated for SD US Attorney

Been a while in coming but not at all surprising. Welcome to Chicago South Dakota. Here’s the data:

President Barack Obama nominated Brendan Johnson, the 34-year-old son of Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., on Friday to serve as U.S. attorney for South Dakota.

The elder Johnson, who has served in the Senate since 1997, said he did not take part in the nomination process. The state’s senior congressional member of a president’s political party typically puts forth a name for consideration. If confirmed, the younger Johnson would be the state’s top federal prosecutor.

“My father said, ‘Don’t consult me. Don’t update me. I’m not going to be involved in the process,'” the younger Johnson said in January. Johnson allowed The Associated Press to view his application, saying he wanted to be transparent. The application included support from Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-S.D., and former Republican Gov. Bill Janklow, a former congressman.

Right. Papa had nothing to do with it. Hey, I’ve got some oceanfront property in Monroe I’d like to sell somebody.

4 thoughts on “Brendan Johnson Nominated for SD US Attorney

  1. I will play devil’s advocate who better to be a politician than the son of a politician who knows everybody “worth” knowing. I’m sure that on the job training is unnecessary. He already knows the ropes because he probably was groomed for the position for quite a while. Nepotism has a practical side. Your problem is that you want a statesman not a politician for the position, but statesman rarely survive long in politics. They don’t know the right people or say the right things. Let’s hope that he will take his job seriously and do better than we expect based on his connections.

  2. Noelle,

    Nepotism may have a practical side, but then so does abortion (or any other of the many things one might be against). Besides which, I do not mind if statesmen do not long survive in politics–since politics was meant (at least in this country) to be something one did in one’s spare time–or at the most for a few years before returning to real work.

    We do indeed hope for the best, but expect the worst.

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