To steal a tongue-in-cheek phrase from New England radio legend Howie Carr, Medina was “chosen after a nationwide search,” I’m sure. We actually don’t know because the State Department refused to say.
When asked point blank if there was a nationwide search process, a State Department spokesperson skirted the question and instead claimed this wasn’t a new position at all.
“The Special Envoy for Biodiversity and Water Resources is not a new position but rather a new designation by the Secretary of State of an existing Senate-confirmed appointee to lead on these issues,” the spokesperson said. “Assistant Secretary Medina was designated for this role given the overlap with her work as head of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.”