Support emerges for outgoing Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT) to fill Peace Corps director role under the new administration.
Shays served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fiji (1968-70) and has been a career-long advocate of citizen service.
The entire Connecticut delegation to Congress is rallying for Shays to get the post, after Rep.-Elect Jim Hines (D) initially spoke out for Shays. From the blog at TheHill.com:
“As I’ve noted many times, Chris Shays is a man of grace and courage who served the Fourth District well for many years,” Himes said. “As a former Peace Corps volunteer and a strong believer in America’s special obligation to work toward peace and freedom, Congressman Shays would do a wonderful job of representing our country to those nations of the world served by the Peace Corps.”
Himes recently defeated Shays in a re-election bid for Shay’s congressional seat.
Recently the National Peace Corps Association — currently waging a campaign for More Peace Corps — sent an open letter to President-Elect Obama asking for a Peace Corps director with direct experience as a Peace Corps staffer or Volunteer. Read more about their recommendations (PDF).