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.



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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