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John Brownlee Resigns as U.S. Attorney

Tim Craig

U.S. attorney John L. Brownlee, a possible Republican candidate for Attorney General in 2009, announced today he is resigning as the top prosecutor for Virginia's western district.

Brownlee, whose resignation will take effect May 16, said in an interview today he is "seriously considering" launching a campaign for attorney general later this year.

But he added, "None of those decisions have been made ....I have not made a formal decision at this time."

Brownlee, 43, has been U.S. Attorney since 2001. A graduate of Washington and Lee University and The College of William and Mary School of Law, Brownlee previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In Virginia, Brownlee is best known for efforts to combat illegal drug use, including going after the makers of Oxycotin for alleged deceptive marketing.

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax) is so far the only Republican candidate in next year's attorney general's race, although former delegate Paul Harris is also considering running. Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell (R) plans to run for governor.

By Tim Craig  |  April 17, 2008; 10:44 AM ET
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