We checked and concluded that things were on track — it was just taking a while to get him through the vetting process, count all that money, etc.
The press up north had been looking at all the other countries, including some quite small ones, that had already received their own Obama campaign uber-contributor and fretted: “What’s wrong with Canada?” and “Is this any way to treat a friend?”
So the nomination was announced last week and went to the Senate on Monday. Assuming Senate confirmation, no more worries. Washington still loves you.
Now, about that pipeline . . .
Speaking of ambassadors-in-waiting, relations with Hungary are a bit rocky, in part because of continued concerns over Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s human rights record.
Nonetheless, the expected nomination of another Obama mega-bundler, Hollywood producer Colleen Bell, best known for the TV soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful,” to be ambassador to Hungary, is also on track. We’re hearing Bell’s vetting is done, and that the Hungarians, who must agree to the nomination, doubtless will do so. Something should be announced soon.
Meanwhile, Kathryn Thomson, acting general counsel at the Department of Transportation since May 2013 and chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration, was nominated Monday to move up to be the department’s general counsel.
Look who’s on Twitter
Secretaries of state are a competitive bunch. For years, they’ve had an unofficial derby to see who could cover the most miles, visit the most countries, etc. And now with Bill Clinton SecState Madeleine Albright joining Twitter on Monday, perhaps a new contest is afoot: who gets the most Twitter followers.
Albright, after tweeting her first missive — “First of 3 female SecState’s — last to join Twitter. Better late than never!” with a picture of her wearing a pin with a bird that reads “TWEET” — quickly garnered thousands of followers (she was up to more than 14,000 at last count).
Current Secretary John Kerry’s on Twitter, tweeting from the State Department’s account, which has more than 651,500 followers (not exactly a direct comparison), as is Condoleezza Rice with just shy of 100,000. Of course, it’s not really a fair fight when former secretary of state Hillary Clinton is involved — her celebrity and status as a possible 2016 presidential candidate has earned her a massive following of more than 789,000.
With Emily Heil
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