President Obama yesterday named former DNC finance chairman Philip D. Murphy to be U.S. ambassador to Germany, the latest in a growing list of political nominations to diplomatic positions.
Murphy is a retired senior director of Goldman Sachs, where he once headed the company’s Frankfurt office.
Ambassador posts are generally allotted to professional State Department employees, who go to world hotspots, and to party loyalists, who go to friendly nations with four-star restaurants and/or great beaches.
In the latter category, recent nominations include prominent posts for Obama campaign bundlers:
- Matthew Barzun - Germany
- William C. Eacho III - Austria
- Bruce J. Oreck - Finland
- Howard W. Gutman - Belgium
- Donald S. Beyer Jr. - Switzerland
- Louis B. Susman - United Kingdom
- David C. Jacobson - Canada
(Despite what you might think, Canada does clear the restaurant hurdle, if not the great beaches standard.)
Editor’s note: Muckety has previously criticized the Obama camp for its failure to disclose complete information about bundlers, despite its proclaimed commitment to transparency.
Under pressure from media outlets, the campaign last year released a list of top fundraisers and the amounts they had raised. Although you can still find plenty of critical posts about McCain and Clinton bundlers on the campaign site, barackobama.com, the page listing Obama bundlers has been deleted.