Less than a week following the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, President Trump nominates the son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
On Thursday evening, President Trump announced that he would be nominating Eugene Scalia as Secretary of Labor, following the resignation of Alex Acosta last week.
I am pleased to announce that it is my intention to nominate Gene Scalia as the new Secretary of Labor. Gene has led a life of great success in the legal and labor field and is highly respected not only as a lawyer, but as a lawyer with great experience….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2019
Scalia, the son of late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is a partner in the Washington office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
“The appointment is likely to be contested by Democrats and labor unions because Mr. Scalia has a long record of representing Walmart and other companies that pushed back against unions and tougher labor laws,” reported the New York Times.
Additionally, he was a former top lawyer for the Labor Department in the George W. Bush administration.
“The surprise move — which top Republicans privately pushed for — was a visible manifestation of the close personal bond Trump has forged with the Scalia family in recent years,” reported Fox News. “The confirmation process for Justice Neil Gorsuch, who ultimately filled Justice Scalia’s seat, sparked the connection.”