The debate in Washington shifts from undocumented immigrants to questionably credentialed emigrants Dec. 1 as the Senate votes on two of President Barack Obama’s most controversial ambassador nominees — big-time donors seemingly picked only to reward them for scooping up campaign cash.
Noah Bryson Mamet and Colleen Bell each raised at least $500,000 for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. The president then nominated Mamet to be ambassador to Argentina and Bell to be ambassador to Hungary.
But each of them ran into trouble early in the Senate confirmation process. Mamet admitted that he had never been to Argentina, while Bell stumbled and stammered her way through answering the question, “What are our strategic interests in Hungary?”
Their nominations stalled. The Senate went on to confirm other ambassadors, including some big-time Obama donors, nominated after they were.
But with Republicans due to take over the Senate in January, the “lame-duck” session is likely Mamet's and Bell’sRead More »from Senate to vote on two controversial Obama ‘ambassadonors’ Dec. 1