Grif­fin ex­tols pick for Army sec­re­tary

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Grif­fin gives high marks to the lat­est nom­i­nee to be sec­re­tary of the Army — Raytheon lob­by­ist Mark Esper.

“He is a good friend. I’ve known him for a long time,” the Repub­li­can from Lit­tle Rock said. “He has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence with mil­i­tary is­sues, de­fense is­sues. I think he’s a fab­u­lous choice.”

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Tues­day nom­i­nated Esper, a West Point grad­u­ate and re­tired Army lieu­tenant colonel with Capi­tol Hill and Pen­tagon ex­pe­ri­ence. The pres­i­dent’s two pre­vi­ous nom­i­nees had with­drawn from con­sid­er­a­tion.

Esper, who works for one of the na­tion’s largest de­fense con­trac­tors, will need to be con­firmed by the U.S. Se­nate.

Grif­fin, a lieu­tenant colonel in the Army Re­serve, was in­ter­viewed for the Pen­tagon post, meet­ing in Fe­bru­ary with White House and De­fense Depart­ment of­fi­cials.

“I was hon­ored to be con­sid­ered, but I’ve got a lot of other great things go­ing on and I love my job,” he said. “I’m blessed to be where I am.”

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