Former Arkansas State Lawmaker for U.S. Attorney?
By Andrew Ramonas | November 17, 2010 9:18 pm

A former Arkansas state representative was the U.S. Attorney nominee for the Eastern District of Arkansas for about 40 minutes Wednesday night.

Christopher Thyer (Gov)

A White HouseĀ news release at 6:39 p.m. listed Christopher R. Thyer as one of President Barack Obama’s U.S. Attorney nominees, but didn’t include the standard biographical information on him. Then, at 7:17 p.m., the White House issued a correction, saying S. Amanda Marshall of Oregon was the only U.S. Attorney nominee Wednesday night.

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Main Justice.

Thyer, a Democrat, who represented Jonesboro in the state legislature, is currently a partner at the law firm of Stanley & Thyer PA in the city.

In May 2009, Democratic Arkansas Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor recommended Thyer for the Eastern District of Arkansas U.S. Attorney nomination. The senators also recommended Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward O. Walker and Michael Barnes, a partner at the Little Rock law firm of Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP for the post. Barnes took himself out of the running for the Little Rock-based job in August.

The Eastern District of Arkansas U.S. Attorney’s Office has not had a presidential appointee at the helm since Bud Cummins was ousted during the 2006 U.S. Attorney firing scandal. Rep.-elect Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), a protege of George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove, replaced Cummins in 2006, serving as interim U.S. Attorney until June 2007. Jane Duke has led the U.S. Attorney’s office since Griffin’s departure.


One Comment

  1. Publius Novus says:

    The lack of a presidentially-appointed, politically-connected USA is not such a bad thing in most cases. The local district court can appoint a highly-qualified (probably better qualified), non-political person under 28 U.S.C. 546(d) to fill the position indefinitely. BTW, I think we need to get used this situation. The Tax Division does not even have a nominee for AAG, 22 months after the inauguration. Given the smell of blood in the water and the lack of Republican interest in a functioning government, the likelihood that there will be many more confirmations of Executive or Judicial Branch nominees in the remainder of this president’s term is looking increasingly remote. After all, we really don’t need government, the markets will take care of it.

The Senate Democratic leader describes the Republicans' refusal to hold hearings on President Obama's eventual Supreme Court nominee "historically unbelievable and historically unprecedented."

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