Former top Napolitano aide expected to be US Attorney

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PHOENIX -- A Phoenix attorney and former top aide to former Gov. Janet Napolitano is expected to be the next U.S. Attorney for Arizona.

The state's Democratic congressional delegation has given its unanimous support to Dennis Burke.

Political insiders say that once the Justice Department's background checks are completed, Burke is expected to be an easy nomination for President Barack Obama.

As the counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee under former Democratic Sen. Dennis DeConcini, Burke is credited with helping garner support for the passage of a bill to ban automatic weapons in the early 1990s.

Burke does have opposition. The Sonoran Alliance, a conservative, Arizona-based political blog, said "Burke is known

for little other than carrying Napolitano's water...."

If chosen for the job, Burke would replace U.S. Attorney Diane Humetewa, who was appointed by the Bush administration.

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