Obama re-nominates ambassador pick who pled to impaired driving

President Obama on Thursday re-nominated a campaign fundraiser whose nomination as ambassador to the Netherlands was withdrawn last year following a drunk driving arrest.

Timothy Broas's nomination was withdrawn in June 2012 just days after his arrest in suburban Washington on charges of speeding, drunk driving and resisting arrest.

The latter two charges were later dismissed, and Broas pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of driving while impaired.

Broas, a criminal defense lawyer, is estimated to have raised at least $700,000 for Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Al Kamen reported earlier this month that the White House was looking at potentially re-nominating him.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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