Robert M. Kimmitt, the former Utahn doing the background checks on several prospective vice presidential nominees, was described as a man of "outstanding professional abilities and great judgment."
Rex Lee, former U.S. solicitor general, a member of the same Washington, D.C., law firm as Kimmitt and a law professor at Brigham Young University, told the Deseret News he believes Kimmitt will be "just perfect for the job."Kimmitt, 40, who was born in Logan and who lived there for the first two years of his life and then again from 1952-53, has been interviewing prospective running mates for Vice President George Bush.
In a Deseret News telephone interview Wednesday from the Washington office of the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin, Kimmitt declined to discuss the sensitive vice presidential nominee selection process.
But he did say he believes he was chosen because of having served as general counsel for 2 1/2 years to Treasury Secretary James A. Baker III, who is expected to leave President Reagan's cabinet next month to head the Bush campaign. Kimmitt left his treasury post last October.
"I enjoyed the privilege of working with Baker, who is close to the vice president," Kimmitt said.
Kimmitt, who served as executive secretary of the National Security Council, said although he lived in Logan only a short time, he has fond memories of the area.
Kimmitt said his family was part of a very small Catholic community in Logan, but had "very good relations with our LDS neighbors and others." He said his father was selected in about 1949 as the Jaycees Outstanding Man of Logan.
Kimmitt is a graduate of West Point and Georgetown University Law School, is a veteran of 17 months in Vietnam and has played key volunteer roles on Republican platform and policy formulation.