On April 26, 2012, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Tim Broas as the next Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The WH released the following brief bio at that time:
Tim Broas is currently a partner at Winston and Strawn, LLP. Mr. Broas also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, having been appointed by President Obama in December 2010. From 1986 to 1995, he was a partner at Anderson Hibey & Blair. Previously, Mr. Broas worked as an attorney at Whitman & Ransom from 1983 to 1985, and at Conboy Hewitt O’Brien & Boardman from 1980 to 1983. From 1979 to 1980, he served as a law clerk for Justice Mark Sullivan of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Mr. Broas received a B.A. from Boston College and a J.D. from the College of William and Mary.
On April 27, the Center for Public Integrity reported that Mr. Broas is one of 117 Obama bundlers and has raised more than $500,000 for Obama’s re-election efforts
On June 13, he had his nomination hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:
Mr. Timothy M. Broas
of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands
On June 19, 2012, the SFRC cleared his nomination and his name was sent to the full Senate for a vote.
On June 28, the WH officially withdrew Mr. Broas’ nomination:
Timothy M. Broas, of Maryland, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which was sent to the Senate on April 26, 2012.
As of June 28, the United States Senate officially posted the withdrawal:
Nomination Withdrawn: Senate received notification of withdrawal of the following nomination:
Timothy M. Broas, of Maryland, to be Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, which was sent to the Senate on April 26, 2012.
Surely, a replacement can be found, and the vetting process can be started once more, but do you really want to be the next political appointee to go through that process when the presidential election in right around the corner? It seems to me like the US Embassy in The Hague may have to do without a politically connected ambassador until spring next year. Until then, career diplomat, Edwin (“Ned”) Nolan who has been Chargé d’Affaires ad interim since September 2011 and Deputy Chief of Mission of Embassy The Hague since January 2010 will have to do.
Update: The Center for Public Integrity is reporting that the White House has withdrawn the nomination of Washington attorney Timothy M. Broas following charges of drunk driving and resisting arrest in suburban Maryland earlier last week. He was reportedly pulled over on June 19, and was ticketed for driving 47 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. Read more here.
- Major Obama ‘bundler’ gets Dutch ambassador’s post (washingtontimes.com)
- Obama fundraiser set to be the next US ambassador to Holland (dutchnews.nl)
- Obama Nominates Top ‘Bundler’ to be Ambassador (foxnews.com)
- Obama nominates elite fundraiser for top diplomatic spot (iwatchnews.org)