Well, is it a “terrible nomination” or evidence of politics as usual?
In March, US District Court Judge William Young blasted the service as a “second rate” agency because of political patronage appointees and called on Congress to professionalize the law enforcement agency.
Senator Kenney prempted the nomination in a letter to President Bush last March urging, “a nomination that renders confidence that political considerations are not unduly affecting law enforcement”.
Hillman has extensive (albeit rusty perhaps) experience in law enforcement. Supervisory/management experience as well. Obviously, it is a political appointment. The question is, can a 58 year old individual who has been removed from the field due to retirement for a period of eight years perform at a superior level to other candidates?