John James a candidate for United Nations position
DETROIT (FOX 2) - Former U.S. Senate candidate John James is seen as one of President Trump's top candidates to become ambassador to the United Nations.
The 37-year-old James, a West Point graduate and veteran of the Iraq War, won the Republican primary to challenge Democrat Debbie Stabenow. He lost in November but is seen as an up-and-coming Republican.
"It's an honor to be considered for the U.S. UN position," James said. "It's why I ran for the U.S. Senate to represent my state and I'm looking forward to answering the call and I'm doing what I can to walk by faith and not by as you've heard me say many times before."
Greg Bowens, a Democratic political strategist, admits James has some positive qualities.
"It's not the best news for us, as Democrats," Bowens said.
President Trump is considering other candidates, including current ambassadors to Canada and Germany, a Goldman Sachs partner and even Ivanka Trump.
If the President picks James, he would have to be confirmed the U.S. Senate.
"And I know at least two people will probably not vote for him," Bowens said, referring to Sen. Gary Peters and Stabenow.
Is James' nomination foreshadowing another Senate run? Maybe - only this time it would be for Peters' seat.
"This definitely helps John James, should he decide to get in the race against Gary Peters," Bownes said. "Gary Peters should be careful.
There's no timeline as to when the president will make the choice.