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Deschutes DA Hummel among 7 candidates being considered for next U.S. Attorney for Oregon

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel
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Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel

WASHINGTON (KTVZ) -- Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., announced Tuesday that seven Oregonians, including Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel, will be interviewed by a selection committee assembled by the senators to recommend finalists to become the next U.S. Attorney for Oregon.

The seven candidates under consideration by the selection committee are as follows, in alphabetical order:

·       Craig Gabriel, Assistant United States Attorney

·        John Hummel, Deschutes County District Attorney

·        Joseph Huynh, Assistant United States Attorney

·        Vivek Kothari, Attorney, Markowitz Herbold

·        Vamshi Reddy, General Counsel, RISE Partnership

·        Rachel Sowray, Special Assistant United States Attorney and Fraud Prosecutor

·        Natalie Wight, Assistant United States Attorney

Hummel announced in late August he would not be seeking a third term as DA when his current term expires, and has said publicly he would be interested in seeking the U.S. attorney position. He is the only Central Oregonian among the candidates and the only one from outside the Portland area.

Anyone wishing to weigh in with the selection committee about any of the seven applicants should send their comments to by Friday Nov. 5. All comments will be shared confidentially with all members of the selection committee, which will recommend finalists for Wyden and Merkley to forward to the White House for its consideration.

The previous U.S. Attorney for Oregon was Billy Williams, who announced his departure from the post as the state’s chief federal law enforcement official in February. Scott Erik Asphaug has been serving as Acting U.S. Attorney.

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  1. And there it is! The reason behind Hummel’s pandering and political malarkey peddling the last few months.

    As much of a disappointment as he was here and I’m glad he moving out of the county office, he would be a DISASTER for Oregon. Not only no…but HELL NO Hummel!

  2. Good for him. While I haven’t agreed with every decision he’s made as DA, I think he did an overall great job, bringing both common sense and compassion into his work. He’d be an excellent US attorney.

    1. Do you know anything about the crime and prosecution stats from his time in the job? If you did there is no way you would approve of the job he has done. People that vote in him completely get what they deserve.

        1. Well than I guess you get what you deserve. Enjoy seeing anyone that robs you walk away scot free without any recourse. Don’t count on a criminal putting in any serious time for violent assaults, rapes, etc. If you believe they all just need a hug than hey, he is your guy.

  3. That explains his big social justice warrior role he has went with the last year and a half and the little news conferences that sound like he is judge, jury and executioner before anyone knows anything. Doubtful he gets this gig but will likely get an Assistant United States Attorney or some type of state gig or something in a bigger city eventually with the SJW character he has been transformed into playing lately.

  4. I only recall one thing hummel accomplished. After he got T-Boned on Portland Ave he forced the city to put up stop signs at the intersection where the accident happened. Other that after he went full woke I lost confidence.

  5. You’ve got to be kidding!!! Hummel is a perfect example of the Peter Principle. Which he passed long ago. A complete failure in Deschutes County. He has blood on his hands from not doing his job!!!

  6. Maybe next time we can elect a DA who doesn’t use us as a virtue signal platform. Hummel is a terrible disappointment. I voted for him and was happy, even defended him. Then he changed. At first it was hard to make sense of it but it makes sense now.

  7. Considering the inept pool of liberal politicians that our state is currently burdened with,
    Hummel will be a perfect fit…I guess he thinks that everyone is stupid and didn’t immediately figure out the purpose of his recent pandering, posturing and general butt kissing.

  8. I will be writing the commission and letting them know a few things. Notably when he publicly defied and berated Federal Police Officers all while they were performing thier duty’s 100% by the book.

  9. A big NO on Hummel, I would never in a million years vote for him for anything. He isn’t doing his job we the people pay him for. What has he done I ask.

    1. I don’t know what you think Hummel was supposed to have done. A prosecutor has to have evidence to make charges stick in court, and they didn’t have enough evidence.

  10. My friend, who is a medical professional wrote Hummell an email expressing her concerns about an issue. When my friend received Hummell’s reply, the email he sent back appeared to be written by a twelve-year-old. My friend was furious with his insulting email reply and went on to tell me that if anyone in her organization had written an email like that, they would have been fired immediately.

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