White House Withdraws RJC Chairman's Nomination for Ambassadorship
The AP reports,
As one of the GOP’s most prominent national fundraisers, Sam Fox should have an easy road to an appealing diplomatic post.
But Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and other Democrats are raising concerns about Fox’s nomination to be ambassador to Belgium because of a $50,000 contribution Fox made in 2004 to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.
[…] “U.S. Ambassadors need to be both responsible and credible, and Mr. Fox’s support for an organization known to have spread falsehoods illustrates neither,” said [Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn.], who is seeking the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
Fox, 77, of St. Louis, is national chairman of the Jewish Republican Coalition and has donated well over $1 million to Republican candidates and causes since the 1990s, according to Federal Election Commission records. He was deemed a “ranger” by President Bush’s campaign for helping to raise at least $200,000.
The nomination was hurriedly withdrawn earlier this afternoon.