According to The Source:
The process of nomination to the position of U.S. Attorney is not very complicated. Typically the state’s senior Senator submits a nomination to the White House for approval. If there is no Republican senior Senator then that state’s Congressional delegation meets and submits a nomination. The nomination of the senior Senator/Congressional delegation is typically, after background checks and thorough legal review, submitted by the White House to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. This process of nomination is tradition and for the first time since Kit Bond has been a Senator, the path has deviated.
For the first time the senior Senator submitted a slate of nominees. On that slate were State Representative Bryan Stevenson (R-Webb City), attorney John Applequist, and Judge Jay Dougherty. Missing from that slate was John Wood. For the first time in Bond’s time as the senior Senator, the Department of Justice submitted a "special" nomination. Who was that nominee? You guessed right, it was none other than the senior Senator’s cousin, John Wood.
Applequist has been a good soldier for the GOP. Greene County Prosecutor Darrell Moore -- another loyal Republican -- wanted the job, too. But what's loyalty when blood is involved?