Senior Assistant Attorney General Christopher Krueger is taking a new job as chief deputy legal affairs secretary in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration, a spokeswoman for the governor confirmed. He starts Wednesday and will replace Louis Mauro, who was appointed to the Sacramento County Superior Court bench by Schwarzenegger last week.
Krueger said the move has been in the works for weeks and that top brass at the AG’s office knew about it.
“The timing of my departure was driven by the timing of Mr. Mauro's appointment,” Krueger said in an email. “I informed the Governor's Office of my interest in replacing Mr. Mauro sometime last fall. I waited to announce my departure from this office until Thursday [March 26] because I was waiting for Mr. Mauro's appointment to be announced first.”
Remember that time Jerry threw him under a bus? Good times, after the jump.
Krueger was panned by critics — including his boss — for his performance during oral arguments on Prop. 8. The AG’s cumbersome position, that Prop. 8 isn’t a constitutional revision but rather an improper attack on an inalienable right to marry, did not appear to go over well with the justices.
In addition to Prop 8, Krueger has been heavily involved in the attorney general’s efforts to curb the powers of J. Clark Kelso, the federally appointed receiver charged with improving state prison medical care.
Krueger will now be working with a former colleague, Legal Affairs Secretary Andrea Hoch, who served in the attorney general’s office from 1992 to 2004.
— Cheryl Miller