Obama donors, career diplomats get ambassadorship nods

It’s Friday afternoon, so it must be time for another wave of ambassadors: the White House just released its latest slate of diplomatic nominees, including a handful of career Foreign Service folks and a two big political donors.

Denise Bauer, who was finance chair for Women for Obama, and a big-time donor to both of Obama’s presidential campaigns, is getting the keys to the embassy in Belgium. Another generous giver, Chicago consultant James “Wally” Brewster, is heading to the Dominican Republic.

As expected, former Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry is Obama’s pick for Australia. (Gay-rights groups are no doubt applauding the nomination of Brewster and Berry, since they had been pressing for the White House to fill top ambassadorships with more openly gay nominees).

Here’s the rest of the list:

• Reuben E. Brigety, II – Representative of the United States of America to the African Union, with rank of Ambassador

• Dan Clune – Ambassador to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

• David Hale – Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon

• Michael A. Hammer – Ambassador to the Republic of Chile

• Terence McCulley – Ambassador to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire

• Brian A. Nichols – Ambassador to the Republic of Peru

• David D. Pearce – Ambassador to Greece

Brigety is a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State; and Clune, Hale, Hammer, McCulley, Nichols, and Pearce are all career Foreign Service employees.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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