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Officials: Gonzales resigned

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Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff was among those mentioned as possible successors. However, a senior administration official said the matter had not been raised with Chertoff. Bush leaves Washington next Monday for Australia, and Gonzales’ replacement might not be named by then, the official said.

“Better late than never,” said Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, summing up the response of many in Washington to Gonzales’ resignation.

Gonzales served more than two years as the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general.

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