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Hatch, Leavitt Could Be in for New Jobs

Hatch, Leavitt Could Be in for New Jobs



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A shakeup in the Bush administration could mean new jobs for Senator Orrin Hatch and Mike Leavitt.

The Wall Street Journal lists Hatch -- Utah's 5th-term senator -- as a possible successor to U-S Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Hatch also could be in line for a seat on the U-S Supreme Court if a vacancy opens there.

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is battling an aggressive form of thyroid cancer.

Leavitt left office as Utah governor a year ago to head up the U-S Environmental Protection Agency.

If Hatch leaves his Senate seat, new Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Junior could appoint Leavitt to replace him.

Some in Washington are saying Leavitt might also be interested in replacing Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge.

Ridge has told colleagues he'll probably leave because of his personal finances and job stresses.

The Salt Lake Tribune, however, is reporting today that Leavitt isn't interested in switching jobs.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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