Sources: Obama picks for ambassadorships include top donors
February 28th, 2013
01:36 AM ET
10 years ago

Sources: Obama picks for ambassadorships include top donors

Washington (CNN) - Major donors of President Barack Obama are leading candidates for ambassadorships, Democratic sources tell CNN.

Marc Lasry, founder of Avenue Capital Group and a key Wall Street backer of Obama during the election, is the leading candidate for ambassador to France, according to two Democratic sources.

The Lasrys were passionate supporters of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary campaign, but became big Obama bundlers in the last election cycle.

Patrick Gaspard, a former executive director of the Democratic National Committee, is a leading candidate to be ambassador to South Africa.

And Matthew Barzun, an Obama campaign finance chair and former ambassador to Switzerland, is the leading candidate for top envoy to England, the sources said.

According to one Democratic source, Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy, is also being considered for an ambassadorship.

It is rumored that she will be nominated to be the ambassador to Canada, though Bloomberg reported Wednesday night that she will be nominated as the ambassador to Japan.

Kennedy endorsed Obama early on in the 2008 election, and was a national co-chair of his 2012 campaign. A different source close to Kennedy says she hasn't been asked to do anything and isn't being vetted.

So far there are no confirmations of any nominations for Vogue editor Anna Wintour. In December, Bloomberg reported that Wintour - another big Obama bundler –- was on the short list for an ambassadorship.

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  1. Donna

    Just gotta love it... Obama lies through his teeth to the American people for 4+ years and gets a complete pass by his army of koolaide drinkers and his adoring supporters in the LSM. Now all of a sudden they are awakening to the total fraud he is. Selling influence for $500,00 a pop, killing Americans with drones while complaining about waterboarding, selling ambassadorships, etc. Well, welcome to the reality that a large number of Americans already lived in.

    Joe Wilson was an oracle of the highest order when he stated "You Lie!" during the State of the Union. Obama will not only go down as the worse president in our history but also the most dishonest and corrupt president.

    February 28, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Ferret out the BS

    For all you constitutionalists out there try reading it: section 2, paragraph 2 gives the president power to appoint Ambassadors.

    February 28, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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