In the wake of his resignation Wednesday, political eyes have turned to U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson who emerges as a likely South Dakota Senate challenger to Republican John Thune, Roll Call reports
Johnson announced that he was leaving his federal job to join a private law firm in Sioux Falls, raising questions about his political future that he declined to answer, Roll Call said.
"One of the things that I'm not going to do while I'm U.S. Attorney, and I've never done, is to discuss politics," the attorney told Roll Call after a news conference where he had announced his resignation.
"I realize that other people will, but the fact of the matter is I've had very good relationships with our entire congressional delegation, I've enjoyed very much working with them over the last few years," Johnson, who leaves his job on March 11, told Roll Call.
Thune's campaign reported $10 million cash-on-hand in early February as he makes a third Senate bid, The Associated Press reported
The senator, 54, and a native of Murdo serves as chairman
of the Senate's Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Johnson is the son of former South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson
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