As expected, President Obama Thursday renominated Washington lawyer and major bundler Timothy Broas — whose initial nomination was derailed a year ago after a drunk-driving arrest — to be ambassador to the Netherlands.
Broas was stopped on Connecticut Avenue near his home in Chevy Chase in June 2012 and charged with speeding, drunken driving and resisting arrest. The latter two charges were dropped shortly after the arrest.
The White House also nominated four people to fill key openings at the State Department. Nisha Desai Biswal, now assistant administrator for Asia at the Agency for International Development was nominated to be assistant secretary for South Asian affairs. Julia Frifield, now chief of staff for Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) was tapped to be assistant secretary for legislative affairs. Adam M. Scheinman, now the National Security Council director for nonproliferation, was nominated to be Obama’s special representative for nuclear nonproliferation. And Frank Rose, now deputy assistant secretary of State is the pick to be assistant secretary for verification and compliance.
Obama also nominated: Beth Robinson, now NASA’s chief financial officer, to be undersecretary of Energy Department; Jesse Garfola Wright, now acting undersecretary for personnel and readiness at the Pentagon and assistant secretary for reserve affairs, to be undersecretary for personnel and readiness; and Scott Dahl, now inspector general at the Smithsonian Institution, to be inspector general at the Labor Department.
Meanwhile, Allan Katz, an Obama 2008 mega-bundler, former Tallahassee city commissioner and now ambassador to Portugal, is leaving that job soon to be a professor at his alma mater, the University of Missouri-Kansas City.