4. Ex-Obama aide to Dems: Back Trump energy pick
My colleague Amy Harder reports...
A former top energy official in President Obama’s State Department is urging Senate Democrats to support the nomination of Trump’s nominee for the same post.
Why it matters: Bipartisanship is nearly extinct in this Washington, particularly when it comes to Trump’s appointees. This support, conveyed in a letter sent to all Senate Democrats May 9 and viewed by Axios, is a sign that energy as a geopolitical issue is less polarizing than most others, even others in the same arena like climate change and coal.
Who's involved: Amos Hochstein wrote the letter, which supports the nomination of Frank Fannon. Fannon is a former lobbyist with Australian mining and energy producer BHP Billiton and last year helped found a bipartisan energy consultancy.
What they're saying: “I have known Frank Fannon for many years," Hochstein wrote in the letter, "and while he and I do not agree on every policy matter, I know he has the combination of energy expertise, respect for the role of diplomacy, and appreciate for the important role Congress plays that will make him successful."
What’s next: Fannon faces a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today.