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