Scott Brown nominated as NZ ambassador

Ex-US senator and Trump campaign supporter Scott Brown has been nominated as the new US ambassador to New Zealand. This requires confirmation from the US Senate.

The previous ambassador, Obama appointee Mark Gilbert, had to leave New Zealand when Trump took office on 20 January.

Fox News:  Trump to nominate Scott Brown as New Zealand ambassador

President Trump announced Thursday he will nominate former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown as ambassador to New Zealand.

Brown, a moderate Republican and a Fox News contributor, burst onto the national stage in 2010 when he won the special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat after Kennedy’s death.

His blue-state victory was of particular national significance as his election gave the GOP a 41st vote in the Senate, and with it the ability to filibuster legislation during the debate over then-President Obama’s signature health care law.

A version of the legislation passed anyway, and Brown later lost his seat in 2012 to current Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

A different headline from NZ Herald: Man tipped for US ambassador role in NZ a former nude model who supports waterboarding

The man tipped to be President Donald Trump’s US ambassador to New Zealand is a former naked centrefold and supports the use of waterboarding.

In 1982 he nailed Cosmopolitan magazine’s “America’s Sexiest Man” competition, with the former Army man then turning his hand to politics.

His Cosmopolitan past is hardly relevant 35 years later, and hopefully his support of waterboarding won’t impact in New Zealand. We have different water problems here, cow rather than bull related.

Last year avid cyclist Brown told GQ magazine “I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand or Scotland or Wales and just ride 100 miles, hit a pub, drink, eat, sleep, do some exploring, and then get up, ride another 100 miles, do that for a couple weeks.”

Washington Examiner has a more recent report: Trump names Scott Brown ambassador to New Zealand

President Trump on Thursday said he plans to nominate former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown as ambassador to New Zealand.

“If confirmed, Scott Brown of Massachusetts will serve as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to New Zealand,” the White House said in a release.

“Mr. Brown is a lawyer and former United States Senator. Mr. Brown served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard before receiving his law degree from Boston College Law School,” the White House said. “He then went on to serve in the Massachusetts legislature for over a decade before winning the special election for Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat in 2010. Since serving in the Senate, Mr. Brown has been a political contributor for Fox News.”

Brown endorsed Trump for president before New Hampshire’s primary in 2016.

It’s normal for US ambassadors to be political appointments, often awarded for services or support rendered.

42 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  April 21, 2017

    Sounds like a decent Rightie who will take to Marmite and Fish n’ Chips Its interesting to note the flexibility and experience of the Right. For example in Browns case its nude modelling to waterboarding. We see the same regarding New Zealand politics with Nationals experienced team. But not so much with the Left who have a dearth of real world experience.

    • I don’t think Brown has any real world experience of water boarding.

      • Anonymous Coward

         /  April 21, 2017

        And I don’t think you’d have to dig down too far on the left to find nude modelling in someones past.

        • Corky

           /  April 21, 2017

          I think the Left bypass such innocent pursuits and go straight to the kinky nasty stuff. Stuff too raw to be reported by our gutless media.

          • Anonymous Coward

             /  April 21, 2017

            No, that’s Winston.

          • I don’t think it’s a good idea to compare the worst of partisan politicians. Generalised attacks on either left or right without substantiation is dirty politics.

            • Corky

               /  April 21, 2017

              Pete, you must know that if our media was doing its job, Clarkes government would have been history part way through their second term.

      • Corky

         /  April 21, 2017

        True, but he has flexibility of mind to know its a great tool for making your enemy talk and suffer at the same time. And that’s what’s needed in dire situations.

        • There is overwhelming evidence that torture is ineffective in getting reliable information. It’s just a terror weapon. It’s as despicable (and illegal) as using chemical weapons.

          • Corky

             /  April 21, 2017

            That depends on who’s doing the interrogation. With educated people the mind is worked on because of its development and superior ability to create fear.

            Russia and America are masters of that.

            With simple folk who have limited education, fear must be created using physical means. I know that sounds about face, but that’s what experience has shown.

            Please remember Pete, many westerners owe their safety to water boarding.
            Aren’t we lucky to be in position of debating the ‘ethical aspects’ of torture.
            That’s because right now, somewhere, a Muslim is being water boarded.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  April 21, 2017

              If only it yielded reliable information.

            • Blazer

               /  April 21, 2017

              what rubbish you speak…Corky…what westerners owe their safety to waterboarding…..lets hear it.

            • There should be no debate about how unethical torture is.I don’t owe anything but condemnation for torture.

              It’s a form of terrorism – something ISIS resort to, something opponents should not lower themselves to.

              Torture is as immoral as it is ineffective.

            • Corky

               /  April 21, 2017

              It does. The art is in interpreting the information…not so much the method used to extract it. When civilian trained operators get involved in the process information can become very unreliable.

            • Is it reliable if ISIS soldiers do it?

            • Corky

               /  April 21, 2017

              Europeans…how do you think terror suspects are rounded up so fast. Its not all information intercepts.

              Stick to what you know, Blazer…..being a keyboard warrior of the armchair type.

            • Corky

               /  April 21, 2017

              Is it reliable if ISIS soldiers do it? I don’t know. But I may be missing your point.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  April 21, 2017

              If it did Bin Laden would have been found three years earlier, ISIS would be gone, etc etc.
              The fact is – given the choice between more torture and telling them what they want to hear, people reliably choose making something up to make it stop.
              You’d be no different Corky.

              (civilian trained operators = straw man)

            • Corky

               /  April 21, 2017

              Did you see the compound Bin Laden was in? It was like a mansion in South Aucland…it stuck out. My guess is the Americans knew Bin Laden was there and for whatever reason waited for an opportune time to strike.

              Like I said before the art is in interpreting the information. Do you honestly believe professionals aren’t aware of this ploy to tell them what they want to hear?

              Hell, of course I would be no different. But the consequences can be a bullet once you are considered unreliable. So a skilled person says just enough to stay alive

              Civilian operators= straw man. Sorry you have that wrong. How much time do you think an army operative working near the front has time to torture 30 detainees?

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  April 21, 2017

        I wouldn’t be so sure about that PG….

    • Blazer

       /  April 21, 2017

      so nude modelling and waterboarding consitutes valuable…’real world experience.’…..what a world …you live in.

        • Blazer

           /  April 21, 2017

          I see.. so nude modelling and waterboarding are performed in…unison.

      • Corky

         /  April 21, 2017

        Hey, beats having a great smile as your main attribute on your CV…as Cindy does.

      • Corky

         /  April 21, 2017

        Like I say AC, Lefties always reverts to type, sooner or later. Hence my comments about Clarkes government.

        • Anonymous Coward

           /  April 21, 2017

          What Clarke government? Between your straw-men and poor spelling, I’m having trouble finding any sense in what you’re saying.

          • Corky

             /  April 21, 2017

            Poor spelling? A sure sign a Leftie has been tagged. Talking about straw men!

            I don’t usually do this, but I’m up voting you out of sympathy.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  April 21, 2017

              As far as comebacks go, that was pathetic. Go heat up your microwave dinner.

            • Corky

               /  April 21, 2017

              Its Friday night, and my Virgoian nature has gone south.

              I don’t usually do this but I’m down ticking you for having the audacity to talk about ‘comebacks’ after posting the above.

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  April 21, 2017

              I don’t give a f*** about downticks. Hope you enjoyed your lonely-heart-dinner.

            • Corky

               /  April 21, 2017

              You don’t give a fug about downticks….lol. Tell you what, I seem to have upset you. I will take a few days off so you are reminded of what a real lonely-heart-dinner is.

              Ka Kite.

            • Corky

               /  April 21, 2017

              You don’t give a fug about downticks..lol. Tell you what, I seem to have upset you, so I will take a few days off to remind you of what a real lonely-hearts-dinner is.

              Ka Kite

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  April 21, 2017

              You’re stammering.

        • Blazer

           /  April 21, 2017

          If your comments today reflect the thought processes of the right…..there is no hope for…the right.

  2. Corky

     /  April 21, 2017

    Great stuff, Nell..lol.

  3. You’d think I’d be beyond being annoyed with the Herald. It used to be merely ‘disappointed’. I guess, for a period, I saw a hypothetical corner they might possibly turn and redeem themselves. Disappointment has morphed into disgusted now – as they’ve headed further down the tunnel, (complete with the requisite vision) and, I for one, can’t see the light.

    Why can’t the Herald come up with anything to say that’s positive about this, or indeed any Trump appointment? The same tiresome old meme that the quasi- liberal, Trump-hating MSM dish out every day.

    • Blazer

       /  April 21, 2017

      yes it coulda been worse….I thought Trump might send Bill O’….down here as ambassador.

  4. Blazer

     /  April 21, 2017

    excerpt from wiki….’Brown’s efforts benefited large Massachusetts companies such as MassMutual Financial Group, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Fidelity Investments, and State Street Corp., whose executives and political action committees contributed $29,000 to Brown during the three-week period he was extracting the concessions from Democrats.
    They also benefited major out-of-state institutions such as Goldman Sachs, UBS, and JPMorgan Chase. Those and other out-of-state financial interests gave Brown a total of $50,000 during the period.[104]’………so quite a few Corporations….’liked’ Brown,as we say here in ..NZ.

  5. Brown

     /  April 21, 2017

    Off the point but I saw a Marine doing poppy day in Wellington this morning. He made the RNZAF bloke with him look very second hand. Very smart attire indeed. Well done to the man that designed the uniform.

    • Blazer

       /  April 22, 2017

      in the same vein,last year I saw U.S sec of state John Kerrynext to our foreign affairs supremo,Murray….Kerry could have picked him up and popped him in his…pocket.

      • Gezza

         /  April 22, 2017

        As Defence Minister, Gerry Brownlee probably carried more weight with him.

        • Blazer

           /  April 22, 2017

          Gerry would make a great ‘masters’…sumo wrestler…got a nice barge.