Political Appointees-Alabama

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Congressman Artur Davis of Birmingham is escalating a challenge to the state Democratic party by forming his own committee to recommend political appointees to President-elect Barack Obama.

Davis, who chaired Obama's Alabama campaign and is now the state's senior Democrat in Washington, had criticized Alabama Democratic Party leaders last month for forming a similar panel.

He said they were acting presumptuously and that their committee had
no legitimacy.

The group he announced Monday is made up of two law school deans
and five former judges.

He said they will help him develop more transparent and professional recommendations to the new administration.

The committee will focus on potential nominees for federal judgeships and U.S. attorneys in Alabama.

State party Chairman Joe Turnham did not immediately respond to a phone message Monday afternoon.

He said last month that the party's committee was not intended to cut anyone out of the process.

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