President Obama has officially nominated a candidate to take over as U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida: former Janet Reno aide Wilfredo Ferrer.
Ferrer, who currently works for Miami-Dade County, becomes the first Cuban-American lawyer nominated by a Democrat to the slot. He'll need confirmation from the Senate before he can take over.
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Ferrer worked as deputy chief of staff under Reno, and apparently made quite an impression. How's this for an endorsement, in Jay Weaver's story in the Herald this afternoon:
"First of all, he understood better than anybody I've worked with how the federal government works with local and state governments, " Reno said. "If I wanted to write the book about how to be the U.S. attorney, Willy would be one of my models."
David Markus, who blogs about the Southern District, also approves.