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Former lobbyist is leading candidate for U.S. attorney

Former corporate lobbyist Neil MacBride is among the top contenders for the U.S. attorney post in the Eastern District.

The Washington Post reports that MacBride is up against at least six other candidates. They include: Dwight C. Holton, a 12-year federal prosecutor and the brother-in-law of Gov. Kaine, and three assistant U.S. attorneys in Alexandria: Gene Rossi, a 20-year federal prosecutor; Erik R. Barnett, a 14-year federal and state prosecutor; and Jack Hanly, a 23-year federal prosecutor. Additional candidates include former Roanoke U.S. attorney Robert P. Crouch Jr. and Richmond lawyer Timothy Heaphy, a former 12-year federal prosecutor.