For John, BLUF: Getting a political appointment is a political process.
If you are interested in a political appointment in a Presidential Administration this article might be of interest—"Want to Work in the White House?"
The author has experience in this process:
Rosa Brooks is a law professor at Georgetown University and a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation. She served as a counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy from 2009 to 2011 and previously served as a senior advisor at the U.S. State Department. Her weekly column runs every Wednesday and is accompanied by a blog, By Other Means.I know the US Ambassador to a Middle East Nation from my time in the Air Force. He and his wife worked hard to help Senator Barack Obama get elected President. That is the amount of help I can provide you.
Regards — Cliff