Kustoff -- whose ultimate appointment has been taken for granted for some time, even by other aspirants for the position --- is a partner in the Memphis law firm of Kustoff and Strickland. He was Bush's Tennessee campaign director in both the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns. Kustoff also ran unsuccessfully in the 2002 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat eventually won by then state Sen. Marsha Blackburn.
One of the first responses to Kustoff's appointment came from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) :Im pleased the president has selected David Kustoff to serve as the next U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. Davids personal integrity, legal acumen, and attention to detail are well-known. His lengthy history of community involvement indicates he will act as a tireless advocate for the people of West Tennessee. I appreciate his willingness to serve the region in this capacity and look forward to his confirmation.
Lamar Alexander, the other Tennessee GOP senator, responded this way: "This is a good appointment. I know David. I look forward to his speedy confirmation by the U.S. Senate.