Obama fundraising director rumoured to be next US ambassador to Denmark

Longtime gay rights activist Rufus Gifford also served on Democratic National Committee

The article is written with Syrian refugees, among others, in mind (photo: iStock)
February 20th, 2013 1:27 pm| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

Rufus Gifford, the finance director for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, is said to be Obama's likely pick for the next US ambassador to Denmark, according to the Washington Post.

Gifford is a longstanding Democratic fundraiser and is said to have been a key player in raising $1 billion for Obama’s re-election campaign. He also served as the finance director for the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011.

If selected, Gifford would succeed US Ambassador Laurie Fulton, who stepped down from her post earlier this month. He would also be the second openly gay US ambassador to a NATO country. James Hormel, who served as ambassador to Luxembourg during President Bill Clinton’s second term, was the first.

The Washington Post reported that the gay community has advocated for a high-profile ambassadorship for Gifford since the election. As Denmark has sent hundreds of troops to aid US efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the country is a favourable option for ambassadorship despite its small size.

His ex-partner Jeremy Bernard currently serves as the social secretary for the White House, the first gay male to hold the position. He is also a leading Democratic politician and formidable  fundraiser.

Speculations on Gifford’s potential ambassadorship have yet to be confirmed. The Huffington Post has much more on Gifford's role in Obama's re-election in this 2011 feature

Danish municipalities have used words like ‘parasitic’ or ‘spoiled’ when describing autistic people (photo: iStock)
Parents of autistic children feel violated by public employees
Parents of autistic children in Denmark feel badly treated and often violat...
The article is written with Syrian refugees, among others, in mind (photo: iStock)
Humanitarian head invites asylum-seekers to seek Denmark
Michala Bendixen, the chairman of the humanitarian organisation Refugees We...
In 1979 and 1980, the Bonamia parasite eradicated the entire population of flat oysters in Europe (photo: iStock)
Dead oysters in Limfjord raising concerns
A larger number of dead oysters than normal in the Limfjord in northwestern...
Photoshop away the cables and Copenhagen is under alien attack (photo: Hasse Ferrold)
The bridge that has made the River Kwai one look like a weekend job
After six years of waiting and speculation, Copenhagen has taken a monument...
International demand is soaring (photo: Carnby)
International demand encouraging Danes to make medieval-style mead
It seems beer – even from the most obscure microbrewery – is too mainst...
At best, you end up with minus 0.5 percent less than you invested (photo: iStock)
Saving up for pension in Denmark guarantees you lose money
'Save up for 30 years and you lose a maximum of 0.5 percent on your investm...