In the Senate hearings for President Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Navy, Senator Tom Cotton took the time to warn nominee Richard V. Spencer of the legacy he was inheriting. The Senator pulled no punches in his criticism of Obama’s Navy Secretary, Ray Mabus. Mabus has to be the most unpopular Navy Secretary in modern history. He politicized the Navy and attacked many traditions and accepted practices in the Navy.
As Written By Travis J. Tritten for the Washington Examiner:
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on Tuesday told President Trump’s pick for Navy secretary, Richard V. Spencer, that he may be hindered in his new position by the legacy of his Obama predecessor, whom he called one of the most unpopular secretaries in modern history.
Spencer testified before the Armed Services Committee and is being considered as the president’s nominee to fill the top Navy civilian post vacated by Ray Mabus.
“I think it is unfortunate that you’ve inherited this legacy and it’s going to make it somewhat hard when you start out to restore the credibility of the secretariat,” Cotton said during Spencer’s nomination hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Mabus, who was also a Democrat governor of Mississippi, was appointed by President Barack Obama and drew some fire for naming Navy ships after historical figures such as labor leader Cesar Chavez and gay rights icon Harvey Milk. He ended up with one of the longest Navy secretary tenures in the past century.
“Your predecessor displayed what I think is questionable and strange judgment on some matters that left him as one of the most unpopular service secretaries of the modern era,” Cotton said.
Cotton told the Senate hearing he would go through some of Mabus’ questionable decisions, unloading with a laundry list of conservative complaints during the secretary’s …….
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