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Klobuchar says no to early Attorney General speculation

WASHINGTON —  Klobuchar’s name had been floated by Bloomberg News and, yes, Twitter.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

WASHINGTON — Sen. Amy Klobuchar does not want to replace resigning Eric Holder as Attorney General.

Holder announced his resignation on Thursday and Klobuchar’s name began popping up as a potential replacement. Much of the early speculation was, inevitably, Twitter-based, but Bloomberg News credibly cited “lawmakers as well as current and former administration officials” when floating her name.

But Klobuchar, who was Hennepin County attorney before winning her Senate seat in 2006, told the Associated Press she has no interest in taking the spot. In a statement later, she said, “I intend to continue my work for the people of Minnesota as their Senator. We have a lot of work ahead in Congress in the next year and I want to be there to do it.”

Klobuchar followed other potential AG replacements like Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and California Attorney General Kamala Harris in preemptively turning down the Justice Department’s top job.

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As for Holder’s legacy, Klobuchar said he was a “steady leader” and said noted she worked with him on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and confirming a new U.S. Attorney for Minnesota.

Devin Henry can be reached at dhenry@minnpost.com.