The man being tipped to be the United States ambassador to New Zealand under Donald Trump supports waterboarding and once won the title of “America’s Sexiest Man”.
Former US senator Scott Brown, 57, also doesn’t appear to have any ties to New Zealand, but he did tell GQ Magazine in 2015 he “always wanted to go”.
Brown has led a varied life, and was a promising basketball star as a youngster before embarking on a military career where he rose to the rank of colonel. He also spent years as a male model in the 1980s.
Most of the stories on Brown have focused on the trivial. He has a serious political record, and would in fact be a very credible appointment. Some of his background:
- Active in Massachusetts Army National Guard for 35 years, rising to rank of Colonel in the JAG
- Member of Massachusetts House from 1998 to 2004
- Member of Massachusetts Senate from 2004 to 2010
- Junior Senator from Massachusetts in US Senate from 2010 to 2012
Brown also happens to be the father of singer and basketballer Ayla Brown.
Far from being an insult, Brown would be one of the most politically experienced Ambassadors we’d have. Most recent Ambassadors (and they have all performed well) have been donors, not former elected officials.
- Mark Gilbert, donor
- David Huebner, lawyer
- William McCormick, donor
- Charles Swindells, donor
- Carol Moseley Braun, former US Senator
- Josiah Beeman, former political staffer
Now nothing wrong with donors being Ambassadors – many of them have been excellent. I’m just saying that Brown stands out as having had a serious political career.