Trump’s 2016 SC Campaign Director Edward T. McMullen, Jr. to be Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein

Posted: 12:49 am ET
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On September, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Edward T. McMullen, Jr. to be U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The WH released the following brief bio:

Edward T. McMullen, Jr. of South Carolina to be to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation, and to serve concurrently and without additional compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Principality of Liechtenstein. Mr. McMullen has served in public policy, political, and business positions for 31 years. Currently, he is President of McMullen Public Affairs with offices in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and Washington, D.C. The firm is a full service advertising and corporate public affairs company that implements advertising, alliance development, corporate communications, predictive data analytics, and strategic consulting solutions for challenging business and public policy environments. Clients have included several fortune 100 companies. Mr. McMullen has been appointed by South Carolina state leaders to serve on key statewide boards and commissions. He earned a B.A. from Hampden Sydney College in Hampden Sydney, Virginia.

The Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce in Zurich sent a note to its members about the nominee. Excerpt below:

“Ed McMullen has close connections to Switzerland. He was elected a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation and participated in the Young Leaders program in 1995, spending a week in Switzerland with other Young Leaders from Switzerland and the USA, visiting many top governemt and political leaders and getting to know the country, its people and its values. Ed McMullen has since traveled in Switzerland many times. Rumors have it that his clear favorites included the Jungfraujoch and the Unspunnenfest in Interlaken, where he apparently even donated to the prizes of the Schwing competition.”

According to Ballotpedia, Ed McMullen was the South Carolina state director for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. McMullen previously worked for the Heritage Foundation, a 501(c)(3) policy think tank, as well as the South Carolina Policy Council. McMullen is the president of McMullen Public Affairs, a campaign communications firm located in Columbia, S.C. Read more here.




@StateDept’s Patrick Kennedy Is Back in the Spotlight, and Now, Election Fodder

Posted: 1:56 pm ET
Updated: Oct 18, 3:47 PT
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Back in August, we wrote about the State Department’s “M” (see The State Department’s Mr. Fix-It of Last Resort Gets the Spotlight).  On October 17, with the released of more FBI interview summaries (not transcripts), Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy is back in the spotlight. Click here to read the lengthy discussion about this during the Daily Press Briefing. Two congressional reps, you can guess who, have called for his removal.  The State Department and Secretary Kerry have expressed their full confidence on U/S Kennedy according to the official spokesperson.  Meanwhile, on the campaign trail in Wisconsin …