Cindy McCain Nominated by Biden for UN Assignment

He wants her to be the US representative to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 24, 2021 12:25 AM CDT
Cindy McCain Nominated by Biden for UN Assignment
In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo Cindy McCain, wife of former Arizona Sen. John McCain, waves to the crowd after being acknowledged by Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey during his State of the State address in Phoenix.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

President Joe Biden is nominating Cindy McCain to be the US representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, one of 17 nominations announced Wednesday that included major diplomatic and arts assignments. McCain, the widow of Arizona Sen. John McCain, broke with Republicans and endorsed Biden for president, making her a key surrogate for the Democrat after Donald Trump spent years criticizing her husband. McCain is the chair and director of the Hensley Beverage Company, a Phoenix-based distributor of beer, wine, spirits and nonalcoholic drinks. McCain's response to the nomination: "I am deeply honored and look forward the work ahead." More nominations, per the AP:

  • The president is also nominating Massachusetts state Rep. Claire Cronin to be ambassador to Ireland. Biden frequently emphasizes his Irish heritage and has stressed the US support of the Good Friday Agreement, which provided for peace with Northern Ireland but has come under stress after the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.
  • Michael Carpenter, managing director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, is being nominated to represent the US to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
  • Jack Markell, a former Delaware governor, is being nominated to represent the US to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
  • The president also announced nominations to the National Council on the Arts, including Fiona Whelan Prine, widow of the singer-songwriter John Prine and president of Oh Boy Records, the country’s second-oldest independent record label still in operation.
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