Politics

Obama Nominated Three Campaign Supporters for Ambassadorship

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

The White House announced six nominations for U.S. ambassadorships on Friday. Three of the nominees, Reuters reports, were President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign donors.

The three financial backers were appointed U.S. ambassadorships in Denmark, Germany and Spain.

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The finance director for Obama America, Rufus Gifford, was nominated for U.S. envoy to Denmark. Financial backer, James Costos, was nominated for envoy to Spain and the president of the Capital Guardian Trust Company, John Emerson, was tapped for envoy to Germany.

“It gives me great confidence that such dedicated and capable individuals have agreed to join this administration to serve the American people,” Obama said in a statement. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

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Gifford and Costos are both gay. Gifford is also active in the gay rights movement. Costos’s partner Michael Smith recently redecorated the White House.

Other nominees include two career foreign service officers, Ambassador Liliana Ayalde and Ambassador Patricia Marie Haslach. Deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Ayalda was nominated to serve in Brazil. Haslach, the principal deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, was named for Ethiopia.

The nominations will be considered for approval from by the Senate.

Ambassadorships have long been given to presidential supporters. They typically are named to ally countries, while more dangerous posts are given to career officers.

Bloomberg reports that Obama has nominated 82 political supports to ambassadorships.

Sources: Reuters, Bloomberg