President Biden on Wednesday announced his intent to nominate the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy and an executive from Comcast to serve as ambassadors.
Victoria Kennedy, 67, is Biden’s pick for ambassador to Austria. Although US policy toward the small Alpine country isn’t particularly tense, Vienna is the site of ongoing Iran nuclear talks.
David Cohen, a senior adviser to the CEO of Comcast, which owns NBC and MSNBC, is being nominated to be ambassador to Canada.
Sen. Kennedy (D-Mass.), 77 and the younger brother of JFK and RFK, died in 2009 from a brain tumor after about 47 years in the Senate. Victoria was his second wife. They wed in 1992.
A White House-distributed biography does not identify any expertise that Victoria Kennedy, an attorney, has in US-Austria relations.
The White House noted that she is president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, a non-profit that “educates the public about the U.S. Senate,