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.

Controversial US ambassador pick for NZ

Some dismay and concern is being expressed about the person put forward as next US ambassador to New Zealand.

Stuff: ‘It’s an insult!’ Backlash against Trump’s pick for diplomatic post to New Zealand

Donald Trump’s pick to be the next United States ambassador to New Zealand has been labelled an “insult”.

Scott Brown, a former US Senator, is being vetted to become Trump’s representative in New Zealand, according to reports in the Boston Globe.

The 57-year-old supports torture, posed nude for a photoshoot, and was named as having groped and made sexually inappropriate comments towards former Fox News contributor Andrea Tantaros. Brown denies the allegations.

Former US intelligence advisor Paul Buchanan said Brown’s appointment was an “insult”.

“It just shows you what importance we have to the Trump Administration.”

Buchanan said Brown’s support of waterboarding was “very troubling.”

Buchanan said Brown is “not the brightest bulb”, and while he could grow into the job, he was “pretty much useless as a Senator.”

He said that the Senator’s appointment would come as a reward for supporting Trump, because he knows nothing of New Zealand.

Brown has previously said he wants to come here to cycle, but that’s about it, Buchanan said. “It’d be an extended holiday. New Zealand deserves a little bit better, certainly better than this guy.”

‘A little bit better’ may be in short supply.

Brown lost his Senate position in 2014 and has been a contributor for Fox News.

Details at Wikipedia: Scott Brown (politician)

Many picks for ambassadorial positions in the US seem to be personal, political and paybacks rather than diplomatic.