Rich Crandall Appointed Wyoming Education Director: Will Russell Pearce Try Replacing Him?
Rich Crandall, who'll be leaving the Arizona Senate for a better gig in Wyoming.
State Senator Rich Crandall of Legislative District 16, a non-wacko conservative and one of the Republicans who backed Medicaid expansion this year, has been appointed by Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming to lead that state's Department of Education.
Mead's office made the announcement in a press release late Wednesday, praising Crandall's "background in education policy and innovation" and his "insight into classroom instruction and uses of technology."
Wyoming's gain is Arizona's loss, as Crandall has been part of a group of Sand Land GOPers who've helped moderate Arizona's political discourse, moving it away from the brink of ideological insanity.
Breaking ranks with the walking PayDay bars in his party has been par for the course for Crandall, who I once saw lecture now-Senate President Andy Biggs on the economic chaos that would ensue should Biggs's dystopian proposal to do away with AHCCCS become law.
That was a couple of years ago. Talking common sense to craziness has been a hallmark of Crandall's political career. That and huevos.
I texted my congrats to Crandall and wondered when he would be resigning from the senate to begin his new gig.
"Thanks, Steve," he wrote back. "It doesn't start for awhile, so I won't be resigning anytime soon."
That's a little vague, and should make some wannabes out there sweat. Previously, Crandall had signaled that he would be leaving if he got the job. But there was always the possibility he might stay if the deal fell through.