DENVER
03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Stephanie Villafuerte Withdraws As U.S. Attorney Nominee

Stephanie Villafuerte has withdrawn her name from consideration to become Colorado's next U.S. Attorney.

In a letter to President Barack Obama, who nominated her for the post, and Attorney General Eric Holder, Villafuerte said she was confident she would have "served well in this important position" but was withdrawing because of "political attacks" surrounding her role in the 2006 Colorado gubernatorial campaign.

"Unforunately, a needless and extraneous political fight has emerged in Colorado and that fight, in my judgment has completely overshadowed the deliberative and independent assessment of my qualifications for this important office," Villafuerte wrote. "I continue to stand by my statements and maintain that my involvement was appropriate at all times."

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