On October 22, the White House announced the President’s intent to nominate Ohio businessman Edward F. Crawford to be the U.S. Ambassador to Ireland. The WH released the following brief bio:
Edward F. Crawford of Ohio, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Ireland.
Mr. Crawford currently serves as Chairman and CEO of The Edward Crawford Group and Park-Ohio Industries, Inc. He is the recipient of the Northeast Ohio Business Hall of Fame Entrepreneurial Award, Small Business News Master Innovator Award, Ernst & Young Northeast Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and the Small Business Administration Man of the Year-Ohio Award. He served in the Specialist Aviation Company, 107th Armored Cavalry, Army National Guard, and attended John Carroll University.
More details from the Mayo Society of Greater Cleveland here: https://clevelandmayosociety.org/edward-f-crawford/
If confirmed, he would succeed another political appointee Kevin F. O’Malley who served from 2014-2017. Career diplomat Reece Smyth who was assigned as Deputy Chief of Mission to Dublin in 2016 assumed duties as Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy on January 20th, 2017 after the departure of Ambassador O’Malley.
We welcome the announcement by @WhiteHouse of the intention of @POTUS to nominate Edward F. Crawford of Ohio, to be Ambassador of the United States of America to Ireland. pic.twitter.com/5rryG6v1fk
— U.S. Embassy Dublin (@USEmbassyDublin) October 23, 2018
Congratulations to Edward Crawford on his nomination as the US Ambassador to Ireland. The many Irish in his home city of Cleveland will be happy to hear this news. https://t.co/05RpvajQpO
— Daniel Mulhall (@DanMulhall) October 23, 2018
Park-Ohio chairman Edward Crawford will be Donald Trump's lead fundraiser in Ohio https://t.co/nPZJhUr2U7 #Cleveland
— Gavin McDonald (@OHSmallBz) July 14, 2016
Edward Crawford was a big fundraiser for Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, helping him to win Ohio, a key battleground state in the race for the White Househttps://t.co/bViHPtJan8 via @IrishTimes
— Brian Kilmartin (@BKilmartinIT) September 12, 2018
Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate Ohio businessman Edward Crawford to be the next American Ambassador to Ireland https://t.co/sjfsBNo7Zh
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 23, 2018