Eugene Scalia, 55, previously served as the Labor Department’s top lawyer during the George W. Bush administration before moving into private practice. President Trump, who tweeted his planned appointment Thursday, grew close to the Scalia family since the 2016 death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. His son will replace Alexander Acosta, who resigned because of a 2008 plea deal in a sex trafficking case he negotiated for billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein.
How will Scalia be received? Labor unions and Democrats will likely object that he represented Walmart and other employers against unions and labor regulations — actions that should endear him to conservatives.