John James is Being Considered to Replace Outgoing UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

Other contenders include current State Department spox Heather Nauert.

President Trump want be appointing Detroit businessman and recent GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in Michigan, John James, to replace outgoing US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. James recently lost his general election race against incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow by a [52 to 46% margin](https://ballotpedia.org/John_James_(Michigan%29), signaling that he has a bright political future in Michigan with such a narrow loss.

Here’s more on the matter:

The Trump administration is considering putting a person without ambassador’s experience into the job, a source said. James has never been an ambassador, but a source said a person with ambassador’s experience would likely be his deputy if he is chosen.

A White House spokesman said Monday he had “no personnel announcements at this time.” A call to James’ office was not returned.

James visited the White House last week to discuss an administration job with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, unidentified sources told Bloomberg News, which first reported James’ candidacy for the UN ambassadorship.

Former Fox News host and current State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert is also considered a top choice to replace Haley when she bows out of her post at the end of the year.

James attended West Point and went on several deployments during his military career. Haley also didn’t have much of diplomatic experience, but has served the U.N. post well. We shall see.

Fired MI Journalist Who Trashed John James Offers Apology A Little Too Late

After her hot mic went viral, the now fired reporter Brenda Battel is sorry she was caught red-handed.

 

Polls have tighten in the U.S. Senate race in Michigan, which led one reporter to express her bias against Republican nominee John James.

 

“Hi, my name is Brenda Battel, I’m a reporter with the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe, Michigan,” Battel said in the voicemail.

 

“I’m looking to set up an appointment with Mr. James for some time on Wednesday for a phone interview regarding the election results,” Battel continued. “I’m probably going to send an email over to the [email protected] with some details. Um, if you’d like to call me back, my number is … extension … Thank you.”

 

Battel attempts to hang up after giving her number, but the phone remains connected.

 

“Man, if he beats her… Jesus! F\***ing John James. That would suck! Whew I don’t think it’s going to happen though,” Battel continued.*

 

Brenda Battel, who was a reporter for Huron Daily Tribune , was fired after her personal thoughts on James came to light.

 

She called the Jones campaign on 3:40pm local time yesterday to get comment from the candidate. Believed to have hung up on the call, Battel was still recording her call and was caught saying something to the effect of “f***ing John James … that would suck.”

 

A recent poll found James only trailing incumbent Debbie Stabenow by just two points. It should be noted that it’s an outlier poll, but who knows? This could be the race to watch tonight.

More Storytelling Ads Like This From GOP Candidates, Please

One race to keep on your radar for next year–Election Cycle 2018– is the U.S. Senate race in Michigan. The seat is currently occupied by Democrat Debbie Stabenow. Several people have expressed interest in running against her on the GOP side. Rocker and Trump supporter Kid Rock has teased interest but has yet to announce.

But this ad from businessman and West Point graduate John James, who declared yesterday his intention to seek the office, is worthy of your consideration. The ad is called “Service”:

Although we don’t know this prospective candidate’s background yet, it appears he has conservative credentials to tout. He runs James Group International in Detroit, Michigan, with his father and brother. The company specializes in supply chains and logistics. Since James joined in 2012, he says the company added 100 jobs and grown annual revenues from $35 million to $137 million.

James, 36, is a resident of Farmington Hills and is a self-described “conservative Republican” per Detroit News. In that same interview with the prominent state paper, James said he’ll be the best candidate to challenge Stabenow given his experience in business and in service to the U.S. Army:

“I believe that we all want what’s best for Michigan, but given my experience creating jobs and my experience defending the country, I am the best candidate in the Republican Party and the best shot we have to defeat Debbie Stabenow,” James said.

The article also alludes to James’ military background. He graduated from West Point in 2004 and went to serve in Iraq in 2007 for Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was a Ranger-qualified officer. He flew Apache helicopters and led two platoons.

It is also reported that James’ business partner and own father –a prominent Detroit businessman–donated $1,500 to Stabenow’s re-election bid in 2012.

In spite of his father’s conflicting views, James noted in that same interview he’s been a Republican since age 16 and a conservative his whole life. He also describes himself in the ad and in the interview as “pro-life,” “pro-business,” and “pro-Second Amendment.”

Moreover, James believes there should be more combat veterans serving in office. He added, “There’s not enough combat veterans in government “who understand the consequences of failed policies.”

Although James is a political newcomer, he has been previously aligned with Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who launched his 2014 re-election campaign bid at James’ company in Detroit.  Earlier this year, Snyder appointed the West Point graduate to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility.

Thanks to his ad, our curiosity has certainly peaked! We at The Resurgent will keep a close eye on this race.