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Senate Backs Bush U.S. Marshal Pick

July 31, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Senate has endorsed President Bush’s nomination of former driver-bodyguard Anthony Dichio to be the next U.S. marshal for Massachusetts despite reservations about Dichio’s job qualifications.

The nomination was approved Monday night by unanimous consent, a procedure that passes legislation or nominations if no objections are raised.

Dichio was the driver and bodyguard for former Massachusetts Gov. Paul Cellucci, a Republican, who recommended Dichio for the $120,000-a-year marshal’s job before becoming U.S. ambassador to Canada.

The recommendation drew increased attention after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Nine Massachusetts Democratic congressmen asked Bush not to nominate Dichio because naming him marshal would continue a tradition of ``treating the office as a political patronage post.″

A driver for former Republican Gov. William Weld, Joseph Lawless, was appointed head of public safety at Massport, the Massachusetts Port Authority. Massport runs Logan Airport, the origin of the two planes that were flown into the World Trade Center.

Lawless was reassigned. Massport’s executive director, Virginia Buckingham, a former Weld and Cellucci chief of staff who was criticized because of her lack of transportation experience, resigned.

The U.S. marshal oversees security and prisoner transport for the Boston courthouse, where shoe bomb suspect Richard Reid is being prosecuted for allegedly trying to set off an explosive in his shoe aboard an airliner in late December.

Three weeks after the September attacks, Chief U.S. District Judge William Young in Boston asked the White House not to replace the current marshal, Nancy McGillivray, ``until the present state of national emergency is abated.″

McGillivray was appointed by President Clinton.

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On the Net: U.S. Marshals Service: http://www.usdoj.gov/marshals/

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