“President Trump rewards a partisan donor by installing him at the United States Postal Service. This crony doesn’t cut it.”

A United States Postal Service mail carrier loads his truck and organizes packages for his route amid the coronavirus pandemic on April 30, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. (Photo: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images)

 

The U.S. Postal Service’s Board of Governors—which is controlled by appointees of President Donald Trump—announced late Wednesday that it has unanimously selected a top Trump and GOP donor to serve as postmaster general, installing an ally of the White House to lead a popular agency that has long been a target of right-wing reformsand is currently under severe threat of collapse due to the Covid-19 crisis.

“Hard not to be cynical about the motivations for this appointment; it’s an ominous sign.”
—Vanita Gupta, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

In a statement, the Board of Governors touted Louis DeJoy’s experience as “an accomplished business executive” in North Carolina. As the Washington Post reported, DeJoy—the head of fundraising for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte—is set to become the “first postmaster general in two decades who did not rise through the agency’s ranks.”

DeJoy is expected to take over as postmaster general on June 15, following the retirement of current USPS chief Megan Brennan.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), a vocal critic of the president’s recent attacks on the USPS and refusal to provide the agency with desperately needed aid, slammed the selection of an executive and GOP donor with no experience working at the Postal Service, particularly at such a perilous moment for the nation’s most popular government institution.

“President Trump rewards a partisan donor by installing him at the United States Postal Service,” Connolly said in a statement. “The Postal Service is in crisis and needs real leadership and someone with knowledge of the issues. This crony doesn’t cut it.”(Jake Johnson)

Posted by The non-Conformist