Obama taps 2 campaign supporters to be ambassadors

Updated: 10/29/2013 7:05 PM KSTP.com

(AP) WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is nominating two supporters who raised hefty sums for his re-election campaign to be U.S. ambassadors.

The White House said Tuesday that Robert Barber is Obama’s pick for Iceland. Obama has also tapped Mark Gilbert, a former Chicago White Sox player, to be his envoy to New Zealand.

Both were members of the Obama for America national finance team, and both raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s campaign.

If confirmed by the Senate, Barber and Gilbert would join a long list of campaign supporters Obama has selected for ambassadorships.

Earlier this year, Obama nominated his former political director, his former campaign finance chief and others for posts in South Africa, Denmark, Spain and Germany.

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