Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Jim Leach for UN Ambassador

Longtime centrist Republican Rep. Jim Leach's defeat last Tuesday is a great loss for the House of Representatives, but it need not be a loss for the country. There is a diplomatic position for which Leach is not only qualified, but also particularly well suited: Ambassador to the United Nations. I am proud to jump on the Leach bandwagon today by announcing my strong support for his nomination and confirmation by the Senate.

Blog-ally Steve Clemons at The Washington Note has long been favorably inclined toward Leach and is also supporting the effort to secure his nomination. As he notes, Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-WA) and James Walsh (R-NY) have begun circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter recommending Leach for the ambassadorship, and are asking other members to sign on as well. Chris Shays (R-CT) and Jim Marshall (D-GA) have done so, and presumably other signatures will be forthcoming.

This is a bipartisan effort to name a man of experience, knowledge, dignity, pragmatism and principle to the post of UN Ambassador. There is no better choice.


At 12:08 AM, Blogger PFunkster said...

I am a Democrat from Representative Leach's Congressional district. I think that Dave Loebsack, who defeated Representative Leach in this year's election, will better represent our district but I cannot think of anyone who will better represent the U.S. as a U.N. Ambassador than Jim Leach.

Representative Leach has a very deep understanding of the United Nations and the need for diplomacy. I think that if by some miracle President Bush appoints Jim Leach as our U.N. Ambassador and, more importantly, actually listens to Jim Leach's advice that will greatly repair our relations abroad and the President's legacy.

I think that Representative Leach will easily gain approval from the new Congress if he is appointed as U.N. Ambassador. Unfortunately, I have trouble imagining President Bush appointing him. It will be a complete reversal from his appointment of John Bolton and President Bush doesn't seem to learn easily. I really do hope that President Bush proves me wrong on this. It will be a very pleasant surprise. :)

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Charles Amico said...

Add my voice in support of Leach. He has always been a class act and we need a little class right now. I have been against Bolton from the very beginning and have said so on my Blog. But in all fairness to Mr. Bolton, surprisingly he has done a good job as UN Ambassador obtaining a vote in support of a more agresssive stand against Iran. But Mr. Leach would get the respect at the UN we need without question.

At 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add me to the Jim Leach to the UN crowd. He would make a great ambassador.

At 12:22 AM, Blogger Freudian Slip said...

Yes! Jim Leach! I was quite excited when I saw you here promoting him in your blog. He's a great man for the job :)


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