CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Sen. Joe Manchin wants the lawyer behind the prosecution of former Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship to be named the top federal prosecutor in Southern West Virginia.
Manchin, D-W.Va., has recommended that President Barack Obama nominate Steven R. Ruby to become U.S. Attorney for West Virginia’s Southern District, a spokesman for Manchin said Tuesday in an email.
Ruby would replace Booth Goodwin, who resigned as U.S. attorney last month to run for governor.
It’s ultimately the president’s decision on who he nominates to replace Goodwin. The U.S. Senate then must confirm the nominee.
A spokeswoman for Sen. Shelley Moore Capito. R-W.Va., said in an email Tuesday that Capito “would be supportive” of Ruby’s appointment “pending appropriate vetting.”
Ruby, 37, has served as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2009 and also worked as counsel to Goodwin…