Chron: Perry close to naming Magidson as Harris County DA (updated)

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Earlier today, the Chronicle‘s Allan Turner and Peggy O’Hare reported that Gov. Rick Perry was close to naming an interim Harris County District Attorney.

Tonight, Alan Bernstein and Clay Robison are reporting a name, along with the hard-hitting “news analysis” you expect from Houston’s leading information source:

Gov. Rick Perry plans to name Kenneth Magidson, an assistant U.S. attorney in Houston, as the new Harris County district attorney, once he gets approval from the U.S. Department of Justice, a source close to the process said today.

It wasn’t known when that approval would be received.

Magidson was waiting to get an assurance from the Justice Department that he would get his job back after a district attorney is elected in November, the source said.

Magidson would not comment about the appointment today.

He would succeed Chuck Rosenthal, who resigned under pressure earlier this year amid a controversy over e-mails sent on his county computer.

Magidson, 59, was a Harris County assistant district attorney in the early 1980s and became an assistant U.S. attorney in Houston by 1985. His wife Anita is a former administrator of a state felony court.

He has a Northern accent and frequently comes across as nonchalant.

That little bit of useless editorializing suggests that he didn’t return some self-important reporter’s phone call at some point in the past (maybe even from one of the reporters who wrote this story!).

That possibility alone is enough for us to be optimistic about this appointment!

UPDATE (03-14-2008): KHOU-11 just sent out an email news blast that Gov. Perry has officially named Magidson to the post. As of 11:23 am, the lead story on Chron.com is a promo for a Lost chat.

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