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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Republicans Wary of Gonzalez

WASHINGTON -- Within hours after Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court, members of conservative groups convened in five national conference calls in which they shared one concern: heading off any effort by U.S. President George W. Bush to nominate his attorney general, Alberto Gonzales.

The groundswell of opposition to Gonzales was just one sign of the conflicting forces suddenly swirling around Bush this weekend as he headed to Camp David to begin considering a replacement for O'Connor. Aides said the decision would not be announced before Bush returned from Europe next week.

Senate Democrats demanded that he consult them and appoint a pragmatist in O'Connor's mold.

Conservatives described the nomination as Bush's biggest chance yet for his presidency to leave a conservative mark.

Among the other names most frequently mentioned as likely candidates are federal appeals court judges Emilio Garza, J. Harvie Wilkinson III, J. Michael Luttig, John Roberts Jr.; and Judge Michael McConnell of the 10th Circuit Court. Other likely candidates include judges Edith Brown Clement and Edith Jones, both of the Fifth Circuit Court.