Olson May Be Top Dog on AG Roster

But conservative stalwart would face tough confirmation fight
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2007 1:40 AM CDT
Former Solicitor General Theodore Olson speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington in this Nov. 29, 2006, file photo. In the search for a new attorney general, President Bush is seeking...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Conservative stalwart Theodore Olson is the likely top choice to replace Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Reuters reports. The former solicitor general may have a partisan reputation among Democrats—he represented President Bush in the Florida election battle and was accused of trying to dig up anti-Clinton scandals in the 1990s—but sources insist he's the president's favorite.

Politico’s Mike Allen isn’t so sure and believes Olson is still just one of five finalists.There's “no clear front runner,” a source tells Allen, who points to the harsh confirmation fight Olson would be bound to face. Law.com, speculation continues to revolve around Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who doesn’t even rate Politico’s top five.