Some mega-bundlers seeking Asia-Pacific ambassadorships had early on expressed an interest in a posting in Beijing — despite its horrific air pollution problems.
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.
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.