Wyoming’s new U.S. Attorney and his predecessor from the George W. Bush administration are involved in a game of political musical chairs, the Star Valley Independent reported today.
Democratic Gov. Dave Freudenthal named former U.S. Attorney Kelly Rankin as his legal counsel after he stepped down as Wyoming’s top federal prosecutor today, according to the newspaper. Rankin replaces Christopher “Kip” Crofts, who stepped down as the governor’s legal counsel to become Wyoming U.S. Attorney.
Rankin had been the Wyoming U.S. Attorney since summer 2008 and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the office prior to his appointment. The Senate confirmed Crofts as Wyoming U.S. Attorney on Dec. 24.
“In his long career of public service, Kelly has developed a prosecutorial sense I appreciate,” Freudenthal said, according to the Independent. “I look forward to receiving what is sure to be his unvarnished advice.”
The former Bush administration U.S. Attorney said he is “honored to serve” as the governor’s legal counsel, according to the newspaper.