In September, President Trump announced that he would nominate Georgia attorney Randy Evans to be the United States’ ambassador to Luxembourg. On the White House website they describe Evans as “a distinguished attorney, author and public servant,” but this hardly describes him.
Evans has a long list of high profile clients in the GOP. His clients include Newt Gingrich, Sonny Perdue and Nathan Deal. Among other things, Evans helped Deal through his seven-year corruption scandal and helped him sell his personal property to a company that still owes the state of Georgia $74 million in unpaid taxes. Is this the type of person we can trust with international diplomacy?
More recently he has cozied up to the commander-in-chief. As he was a member of the RNC’s rule-setting panel, he privately supported the president though his official stance was neutral. On Evans’ relationship with Trump, the AJC reported that Evans “has little reason to defy the billionaire,” because of the interconnection of their social circles.
Clearly, he has proven himself to be loyal to the GOP, but in what way does that qualify him to be an ambassador? What is noticeably missing from Evans’s resume is any experience in international diplomacy. It seems that the only qualification required to represent the United States abroad is a long streak of loyalty to the Republican party which is something that Evans has in spades.
Luckily for us, war with Luxembourg seems rather unlikely. All the same, it is unnerving to know that positions like this are being awarded not by merit but by party loyalty alone.