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Who wil get the nod as the next U.S. attorney for Nevada?

The rumor: U.S. Sen. Harry Reid might recommend one of his sons — who are all Nevada lawyers — as the next U.S. attorney for the state of Nevada.

Great story, if only it were true.

Leif Reid was the first to say he’s not interested; Key Reid was the second. Josh Reid wasn’t available on Veteran’s Day and Rory Reid has been clear that his interest is in the governor’s office.

So why wouldn’t the sons want the job as the state’s top federal prosecutor in the upcoming Obama administration?


Leif Reid would be the most likely fit for the job. He worked as a federal prosecutor and was earlier interested in being appointed a federal judge. But after leaving Lionel Sawyer & Collins, he took a job with the law firm of Lewis and Roca building up the Reno office. “Right now, at this point in my life, no,” he said. He feels an obligation to stick with the commitment he made to Lewis and Roca.

Key Reid is general counsel for the Greenspun Corp., and likes it, so his response was direct: “Not me.”

Josh Reid began working for Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in May and his focus is environment, land use and state and local government affairs. Maybe he’d like the job, but he doesn’t seem to be headed toward the role of prosecutor.

For those interested in the job, the news the senator’s sons aren’t interested means the possibilities are much wider than they were before the legal community thought the sons of Harry Reid had the inside track.

Of course, Josh Reid might turn this blog upside down, but I don’t think he will.

The calls are out. Let’s see who might be interested and who might not. Some Democrats already are taking themselves out of the running: District Court Judge Stewart Bell and former federal prosecutor Stan Hunterton.

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