6/17/2009

Is Obama using ambassadorships to get rid of inconvenient Republicans?

There were rumors that Utah's Gov. Jon Huntsman's appointment as ambassador to China was done to remove him from contention as a presidential candidate in 2012. Now there is a rumor that Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) was also offered an ambassadorship. As Politico notes: "The report follows the Obama administration’s June 2 nomination of Rep. John McHugh (R-N.Y.) to serve as secretary of the Army. McHugh and King are two of the three remaining Republican congressmen in the 29-member New York House delegation." The discussions with King, if true, make the earlier rumors regarding Huntsman appear more credible.

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Blogger consultutah said...

As someone from Utah, I don't think Huntsman is the best thing since sliced bread, but I don't think he is stupid either.

He obviously has aspiratations to run for president. I think that his taking the ambassadorship to China was an attempt to defeat the same kind of criticism that Sarah Palin received when nominated to the VP slot: "Since he was only the gov of Utah, what foreign policy experience does he have..."

6/17/2009 10:30 AM  

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