Amy Russell is creeping closer to being nominated for a federal judgeship though many Arkansas Democrats are unhappy about it. Russell is being put forward by Sen. Mark Pryor, a nominal Democrat. She is the wife of Bob Russell, Pryor’s former chief of staff.

Now a law clerk to District Judge Jim Moody, she contributed money to George W. Bush when he was the Republican presidential nominee.

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The White House is now vetting Russell for possible nomination, and reportedly she’ll meet with President Obama himself next week.

If there are Arkansas Democrats who have special influence with Obama, this would be a good time to use it.

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