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Kirk Wagar heading to ambassadorship in Singapore



Diplomacy is not the first word that comes to mind for people who know Kirk Wagar, Barack Obama's brash and chronically politically incorrect top Florida fundraiser in 2008 and 2012. Still a grateful Obama administration has tapped the Miami lawyer and Democratic activist to be ambassador to Singapore.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations is set to hear Wagar's nomination by President Barack Obama Tuesday afternoon; his confirmation could come Wednesday, reports the Miami Herald.

We profiled Wagar in 2007: MIAMI -- In any conversation of more than a few minutes, Barack Obama's top advocate in Florida is apt to bellow, "I'll kick your a--," become agonizingly corny about the greatness of America, make an off-color ethnic joke, and predict that Republicans will nominate John McCain "because he's like the last chick left in the bar."

Suffice to say, Miami lawyer Kirk Wagar, Obama's roguish Florida chairman, has not mastered the soaring rhetoric of the politics of hope.

But at 38, this cocky, born-again son of an arctic ship captain has emerged as one of the most important and courted Democratic players in America's biggest battleground state. Beneath Wagar's legendary political incorrectness is a ferociously loyal and idealistic champion who, not incidentally, can reel in reams of campaign checks.

"Lord knows I've spent enough time in cars, buses and planes with him the last eight years to have accumulated my list of Wagarisms. He's funny, he's tough, he's fun, he's relentless. He's cocky in the very best way,"said Sen. John Kerry, for whom Wagar raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and in 2004...

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:41pm]


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