Politics
5:06 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Report: Matthew Barzun Next U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain

Matthew Barzun
Credit U.S. State Department

Kentucky businessman Matthew Barzun will be the next U.S. ambassador to Great Britain, CBS News is reporting.

The appointment has long been expected—Barzun has been a key fundraiser in President Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, serving as chair of Obama's national finance committee in the most recent election.

CBS News notes:

One measure of Barzun's influence can be gauged by his presence in a recent campaign ad by Mitch McConnell, which targets prospective candidate Ashley Judd and a handful of other Kentucky Democrats.

(Here's that ad.)

Barzun, a former CNET executive, served as U.S. ambassador to Sweden from 2009 to 2011.

As CBS News noted, he was briefly floated as a potential Democratic challenger for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's seat in 2014; this report, if correct, would likely silence that speculation.

Barzun's name emerged for the ambassadorship soon after the 2012 election; Vogue Editor Anna Wintour was also considered a possibility. Wintour recently accepted an additional position with Vogue's parent, Conde Nast.

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