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. He supported Trump in the 2016 campaign.
Brown’s nomination will require confirmation from the Senate.
Locally, the New Zealand Herald chose to emphasize a different area of Brown’s past, noting that he won Cosmopolitan’s “America’s Sexiest Man” in 1982, and also supports enhanced interrogation.