THE NEW GUY IS A FEDERAL PROSECUTOR!
Gov. Rick Perry plans to name Kenneth Magidson, an assistant U.S. attorney in Houston, as the new Harris County district attorney, according to a Houston newspaper report Thursday.
Magidson is awaiting assurance from the Justice Department that he won’t lose his job as a federal prosecutor once a district attorney is elected in November, the newspaper said.
“I don’t have any comment because it’s not a done deal yet,” Magidson said.
He would replace Chuck Rosenthal, who resigned last month after pornographic, racist and political material from his county e-mail account surfaced, until his term expires in January. The e-mails also included love notes from the married prosecutor to his secretary.
Prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former judge Pat Lykos will square off in an April 8 Republican runoff. The winner will face the Democratic former Police Chief C.O. Bradford in November’s general election.
Magidson, 59, became an assistant district attorney for the Harris County DA’s Office in 1977. He left for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1983. His wife, Anita, is a former administrator of a state felony court.
Bradford said he doesn’t expect Magidson to make major changes like the reforms that have been suggested in the wake of the Rosenthal scandals.
Sweeping improvements “will take more time and energy and effort than this interim (appointee) will have,” Bradford said.
Magidson has been a point man for the prosecution of drug smuggling rings in a jurisdiction that is a crossroads for international drug cartel operations.
In 1996, then-U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno appointed him director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, a set of agencies he started working with from Houston in 1987.