Aamer Madhani and Fredreka Schouten report for USA Today that an Obama
nominee for Netherlands ambassador will get a “second chance”
after his arrest for
We obviously don’t know exactly what happened, but according to USA
Today, a defense lawyer had been arrested for speeding and impaired driving
in the Maryland suburbs just outside of D.C.
The lawyer took himself out of the running – or was asked to by the
administration – shortly after the arrest. As far as the criminal
case was concerned, the nominee got his conviction set aside and paid
a small fine.
That’s apparently enough to satisfy the administration, which has
again announced its plans to nominate the lawyer for a post as the next
See? Sometimes there really are second chances, even after you’ve
been charged with a crime. Or it could be that he helped raise at least
$700,000, according to USA Today, for President Obama’s political
campaigns. At any rate, it’s clear that his arrest for speeding
and DUI didn’t spell the end of his opportunity to become an ambassador.