Allard urging Bush to name ex-Sen. Campbell as interior secretary
DENVER Colorado Sen. Wayne Allard wants President Bush to nominate former Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell as interior secretary, Allard spokeswoman Angela de Rocha said Tuesday.De Rocha said Allard planned to put the recommendation in writing later Tuesday. Both Allard and Campbell are Republicans.Campbell is extremely flattered but has not heard from the White House and had no other comment on the possibility, spokeswoman Kate Dando said.Campbell retired from Congress in 2005 after two terms in the Senate and three in the House, and Dando said he is happy with his new job as a senior policy adviser with the Washington law firm of Holland & Knight.But a call from the White House would give anybody reason to consider serving their country, Dando said.White House spokesman Blair Jones would not comment on whether Campbell was being considered for the job.Campbell has twice been considered for interior secretary, Dando said. He made former President Clintons short list before Campbell switched from the Democratic to Republican party.President Bush also considered him in his first term.Campbell said in January that he said he had grown tired of public office and would not run for the GOP nomination for Colorado governor.Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced Friday she will step down at the end of March.Norton is a former Colorado attorney general who spearheaded the administrations efforts to open more federal land in the West to oil and gas development. The White House has said Bush will nominate another Westerner with pro-development views to replace her.At Holland & Knight, Campbell helps Indian tribes deal with the federal government. A Northern Cheyenne Indian, Campbell has spoken to some of his former colleagues about tribal health and energy issues.
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