It’s that time of year again. Time to pick a new Peace Corps Director with a new Administration. The President and his people get to fill 30 top level positions in the Peace Corps Administration, from director to heads of divisions. They are called Schedule C Appointments. The next Director, however, will not have the opportunity to put together ‘his or her team’ as the appointees come usually from the campaign workers. Historically the ‘jobs’ are in great demand. In previous administrations, there have been many RPCVs who didn’t want to go to the White House. They wanted to go back to the Peace Corps and “fix it” (in their minds) from what it was when they were PCVs. Other political types have seen the job as glamorous and full of overseas travel and cushy jobs. (Of course, those were Schedule C types who had never been near a PCV.)
Bill Clinton was the first person to honor the service of Volunteers by putting a former Volunteer, Carol Bellamy, as Director on October 7, 1993. Maureen Orth mentioned to Clinton in his President-Elect days that no president had given the position to an RPCV. “His eyes lit up when he heard that,” she remembers.
Will Donald Trump continue this tradition? (Of course, he might ask, “What’s the Peace Corps?) None of his children from his litany of wives have become Peace Corps Volunteers. The name ‘peace corps’ might not be a household name in Trump Tower.
Nevertheless, I have a candidate, an RPCV who served with the first group to Ethiopia from 1962-64 who fulfills many of the Trump goals and standards and view of the world. His name is Leo Cecchini.
As an “old bald white male’ he voted for Trump and is a fervent support of The Donald. My candidate knows Trump will make “America Great Again.” Here are Leo’s qualifications. That appear to be exactly what the President-Elect is seeking in his new administration.
- Republican (like Trump is now)
- Old Bald White Man ( Trump’s core voters)
- Ethnic American -Italian (Trump is Scottish)
- Worked as a Foreign Service Officer in Spain (more than Trump)
- Businessman with several companies that went bust (not unlike Trump)
- Real Estate Salesman in Florida (like Trump)
- Lives in Florida ( Trump does sometimes)
- Owns a house in a foreign country (like Trump)
- Only married once (two less than Trump, but trying to catch up)
- Two professional daughters (one better than Trump)
- Formerly on Board of NPCA (Trump wants to know “what’s the NPCA?)
- Doesn’t play golf (that alone makes him better than Trump)
So, vote for Leo Cecchini! (Or as we say in Chicago) “Vote early and often”