PIN THE TAIL ON THE DONKEY: 5 Candidates Who Could Replace AG Eric Holder

Published on September 26, 2014

Eenie-meenie-miny-moe, catch a Democrat by the toe. Who will replace Eric Holder? Check it out…

Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement Thursday that he’s stepping down after six years heading the Justice Department set tongues wagging in Washington about who might succeed him.

President Obama has plenty of past and present insiders to choose from, but could also enlist a high-profile rising star.

1.) Don Verrilli

Verrilli, who serves as the nation’s solicitor general, is a longtime Obama aide thought to be well liked within both the Justice Department and the West Wing.

Verrilli earned his greatest national prominence when he argued on behalf of the Obama administration in the 2012 Supreme Court case challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Although legal experts initially panned his performance, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court’s liberal bloc to uphold the vast majority of the law.

2.) Janet Napolitano

The former Arizona governor, state attorney general and federal prosecutor was said to be interested in replacing Holder at DOJ when she was still serving as Obama’s Homeland Security secretary. But Holder stayed and on and Napolitano left Washington last year to take a lucrative job as the first female president of the massive University of California system.

3.) Kamala Harris

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is widely considered as one of the Democratic Party’s rising stars, and is expected to eventually seek either the governor’s mansion or a U.S. Senate seat. A stint in Washington could help raise her profile for such a campaign, and she has prominent boosters on Capitol Hill — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) among them.

Read more: The Hill

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