East Arkansas' U.S. Attorney May Leave Post Soon

AUGUST 29, 2006 - Posted at 4:05 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Bush administration may soon be looking for someone to succeed Bud Cummins as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Cummins talked to reporters today at a news conference called to discuss another topic, a new cooperative effort to find and prosecute child victimizers.  But, in response to a question, he said he may be leaving his post.

He said, "I have told the White House and the Justice Department that I may be looking for something else to do, but I'm here, now."

At the recommendation of then-Senator Tim Hutchinson, a Republican, Cummins was nominated by Republican President George Bush in November 2001 for the post he now holds.  He took over the job on an acting basis in December of that year.

Before taking the federal prosecutor's job, Cummins served as Governor Huckabee's chief legal counsel in 1997-98.  In 1996, he ran for the 2nd District Congressional seat representing central Arkansas, but was beaten by Democrat Vic Snyder, who still holds the post.

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