President Obama just nominated Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army. If approved, Fanning would be the first out gay man to serve as the head of one of the branches of the Armed Forces.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who’s been carrying Kim Davis on his shoulders for the past few weeks, took a moment to smear both the president and Fanning’s qualifications.
“It’s clear President Obama is more interested in appeasing America’s homosexuals than honoring America’s heroes,” said the former governor of Arkansas. “Veterans suicide is out-of-control and military readiness is dangerously low, yet Obama is so obsessed with pandering to liberal interest groups he’s nominated an openly gay civilian to run the Army.”
Of course, the Secretary of the Army has always been a civilian position, but maybe Huckabee didn’t know that.
He ended his smear job by declaring, “Homosexuality is not a job qualification. The U.S. military is designed to keep Americans safe and complete combat missions, not conduct social experiments.”
Fanning, 47, has been Acting Under Secretary of the Army and Chief Management Officer since June.
Previously he served as Chief of Staff of the Department of Defense—helping manage Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s transition, building his leadership team, and overseeing the day-to-day staff activities of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
He was the Under Secretary of the Air Force from 2013 to 2015, and also served as Acting Secretary of the Air Force from June to December 2013.
Fanning was appointed Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Chief Management Officer for the Department of the Navy in 2009.
In the 1990s, he was on the staff of the House Armed Services Committee and later a special assistant in the Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense. He later served as associate director of political affairs at the White House.
So, no, Mr. Huckabee—Eric Fanning’s sexuality doesn’t make him qualified to be Army Secretary. His years of experience do.