Port: Congratulations to Mac Schneider, but we need to pick up the pace with these appointments


Senate Minority Leader, Mac Schneider, and Rep. Kylie Oversen welcome Gov. Jack Dalrymple before the State of The State Address on Tuesday, Jan 6, 2015, at the State Capitol in Bismarck, N.D. (Logan Werlinger/Grand Forks Herald)

MINOT, N.D. — I was happy to hear that Mac Schneider, a former leader of the Democratic-NPL caucus in the state Legislature, and a long-time lawyer with a strong reputation, was finally nominated to fill the position as North Dakota’s U.S. attorney .

That I might disagree with Schneider’s approach to that job at times is irrelevant. Joe Biden won the election in 2020, and he gets to appoint who he likes.

Elections have consequences.

That Schneider is qualified to do the job, and has earned our confidence that he’ll do it ethically and responsibly, is all that really matters.

What ought to concern us all is how long this process is taking. Though it was an open secret in North Dakota political circles that Schneider was a shoo-in for the nomination, the Biden administration just finally got around to making it official yesterday, 603 days after the president was inaugurated.

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