President Joe Biden has officially nominated three wives of his closest political allies to coveted, diplomatic positions across the continent of Europe, marking his own spin on the tradition of giving major donors coveted positions in the new administration, as a “reward” for their contribution.
Biden has nominated positions to Cindy McCain, the widow of Republican Senator John McCain, Jamie Harpootlian, the wife of South Carolina state Senator Dick Harpootlian, and Victoria Kennedy, who is the widow of former Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy.
It has been reported that the President has also considered offering a role to Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of former US President John F. Kennedy.
The wife’s tale
First up is Cindy McCain, the widow of former, legendary Republican Senator John McCain, who was a key opponent of former President Donald Trump before his death in 2018.
Cindy McCain has now been “rewarded” for her efforts and contribution towards the Biden campaign, after her influence in the state of Arizona helped swing the state back to the Democrats, in one of the tensest state votes in the 2020 election.
McCain has been nominated to serve as the US ambassador to the UN, a role which is highly regarded in the administration.
Next up is Jamie Harpootlian, the wife of South Carolina state Senator Dick Harpootlian.
Senator Harpootlian is considered to be a key Biden ally within the Democratic party, with his wife, a South Carolina attorney, being nominated for the position of US ambassador to Slovenia as a reward for her influence in the early Democrat primaries.
Then there’s the most recent nominee, Victoria Kennedy, a district attorney and the widow of former Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy.
She has been nominated to serve as the US ambassador to Austria.
President Biden has also nominated women to the positions of US ambassador to the UK and US ambassador to France, two very coveted roles within the administration’s international diplomacy.
Victoria Kennedy came to know President Joe Biden through her husband Ted Kennedy, who served with the current President in the Senate for nearly 36 years.
Senator Kennedy died in 2009 from brain cancer, with then Vice-President Biden delivering a eulogy for his friend at the funeral.
Victoria Kennedy is now the President of the board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, which is a non-partisan not-for-profit organisation that seeks to educate the public.
She is also the head of the education committee for the board of trustees at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
She also founded a group known as Common Sense about Kids and Guns, a group that aims to reduce injuries and deaths from guns to children.
Jamie Harpootlian’s nomination shows off the support that President Biden has for her family and for her husband, state Senator Dick Harpootlian.
In May 2019, the Harpootlian family assisted a Biden fundraiser, which produced close to $115,000 in campaign funds.
Mrs. Harpootlian served for 17 years as a judicial law clerk in the US District Court of Louisiana, whilst also working for non-profit organizations that focus on the environment, historic resources, and the arts.
She was also one of the hearing officers for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
Lastly, there’s Cindy McCain, who was one of the earliest nominations by the Biden administration.
Despite being from completely opposite parties, John McCain and Joe Biden were incredibly close, and Cindy McCain carried that friendship as she helped the Biden campaign in Arizona in 2020.
In a campaign video for the election, McCain reflected on the friendship that her late husband had with the presidential nominee, declaring that she was honored to be invited to help campaign for the Democrats.
McCain was nominated to the UN post back in the early weeks of Biden’s presidency, and she will serve as the US ambassador to the UN’s World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.