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David Jacobson, the next US ambassador to Canada?

The Canwest News Service reports this morning that, “David Jacobson, a Chicago lawyer who was the deputy finance chair of Obama’s campaign, is the leading contender to become the ambassador in Ottawa, the Washington Post reported Friday.”

The article notes, “Jacobson has done litigation work nationwide for prominent clients such as Allstate and General Motors, according to an online profile, and is also a specialist in Internet economy legal cases…Outside of his law practice, Jacobson has also been associated with several organizations, including CEOs for Cities, an umbrella group representing 75 mayors, business leaders, academics and non-profit groups that promotes strong economies in cities.”

“Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson said a key criteria for any American ambassador is having a personal relationship with Obama and, as a major campaign fundraiser, Jacobson could fall into that category.”

The timing of an announcement about the next ambassador is not known, but it is expected to take place before mid-July. Canwest notes, “Terry Breese, the deputy chief of mission, is currently acting as head of the U.S. Embassy…”

The full report can be read at http://www2.canada.com/ottawacitizen/obama+fundraiser+touted+ambassador+ottawa/1507733/story.html?id=1507733