4
| News |

Dennis Burke to Be Named U.S. Attorney for Arizona in Near Future?

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

More than one source we know and trust has told us that all signs are pointing to longtime Democatic politico Dennis Burke as the next United States Attorney for Arizona.

Burke previously served as chief of staff to former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and worked closely with Napolitano when she was Attorney General.

The onetime aide to former Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini long has been rumored to be the top dog in the hunt for the coveted post, currently held by the respected Diane Humetewa.

Humetewa was appointed by President George W. Bush after the disastrous (for Bush) political fiasco involving earlier appointee, the very solid Paul Charlton.

Political pundits had speculated that Burke might run for Arizona Attorney General next year, possibly against Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, and that Tim Nelson (also a confidante of Napolitano's) might get the nod as U.S. Attorney.

But if our pair of sources are in the ballpark, it's Burke to the feds.

Those of us who know Burke long have been impressed by his straight-forward nature and attention to detail. He is anything but an ideologue or a zealot, which makes him somewhat of an exception to the political rule in this nutty state.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.