Remember when Frank McCourt and wife Jamie McCourt owned the Los Angeles Dodgers, then they split up and everything having to do with Dodgers ownership turned into a big ol’ expensive lawyer-y mess?
Well, President Donald Trump on Thursday appointed Jamie McCourt as the United States’ ambassador to France. It’s one of those gigs that’s just as much about returning a favor as it is finding the right person for the job. But if you can survive the McCourt divorce, you can survive a European ambassador post, right?
Jamie McCourt is accomplished as a lawyer and businesswoman, there’s no doubt — she has a business administration degree from MIT — and she’s also been a big backer of Trump. Before this, she’d been in the running for the ambassadorship to Belgium, but the switch to France was announced Thursday without too much explanation.
Via the Los Angeles Times:
The White House noted that McCourt, an entrepreneur, attorney and political donor to Trump and other Republican candidates, spoke French but did not indicate why Trump made the switch.McCourt donated more than $400,000 to the Trump Victory fund, $50,800 to the Trump inauguration and more than $170,000 to the Republican National Committee.
She was an early supporter of Trump, joining 100 other business executives and CEOs in signing a letter championing Trump’s economic plans in October 2016. She was also listed as a 2016 State Victory Finance Chair for Trump’s campaign and helped to host a fundraiser breakfast for Trump’s transition to the presidency.
Trump, like every president, has picked several of his nominations for ambassadorships based on political support and financial backing. So far, he has appointed 14 ambassadors based on their career in foreign service and 20 ambassadors for political reasons. The so-called political appointees are often assigned what are considered more desirable positions, like those in Europe.
It looked like France was going to get an ambassador with baseball on his or her résumé one way or another. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was said to be under consideration for the France appointment.
The Trump administration went with McCourt instead, which in terms of messy baseball ownership sagas still seems like the better choice. Remember, this is the same ownership group that spent six figures to hire a Russian “healer” named Vladimir Shpunt to send the Dodgers “positive energy over great distances.”
She’ll fit right in.
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