Dee Benson, a Utahn and an aide to Deputy U.S. Attorney General Hal Christensen, says he is amazed about rumors in the press that he is in line to become the next U.S. attorney for Utah or one of nine assistant attorneys general in the Justice Department.

"You might as well say I'm interested in being the drug czar too, or the vice president next time around," he told the Deseret News on Friday.The Salt Lake Tribune quoted unnamed sources Friday saying Benson would replace Brent Ward as U.S. attorney for Utah if Ward resigns, and rumors among the press also said Benson might be in line for an assistant attorney general job.

Benson told the Deseret News he has talked with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, for whom he was once a top aide, about job possibilities.

Benson - an identical twin brother of Deseret News Sports Editor Lee Benson - said he would be interested in both jobs mentioned in the rumor "if they become available, but they aren't available yet."

Aides in Hatch's office told the Deseret News they believe Benson would be one of the top candidates for the U.S. attorney for Utah job if it opens up. Paul Smith, Hatch's press secretary, said the senator will not comment on the matter until the attorney job is vacant.