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Miami lawyer Wagar is leading pick for Singapore

But incumbent Gary Locke’s only been on the job there 20 months, so that wasn’t opening up for a while. (Besides, he and his wife just sold their 1925 home in Seattle in January for $1.33 million, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.)

Japan’s going to Caroline Kennedy, and Australia looks to be going to soon-to-be former Office of Personnel Management chief John Berry.

Now we’re hearing that Miami trial lawyer Kirk Wagar, who raised more than $1 million for Obama’s reelection effort, is the leading candidate to be ambassador to Singapore.

The Canadian-born Wagar, a citizen since 2004, is an Obama pal who became one of his earliest supporters and headed his fundraising effort in Florida in 2008. How close a pal? Close enough to be invited to the first Obama White House state dinner in 2009 for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Wagar — an irrepressible, in-your-face, former rugby player — has also been on the advisory board of the Ex-Im Bank, a post that might be useful if he’s working on Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement matters.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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