President Biden on Wednesday announced his intention to nominate the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy and a Comcast executive to serve as ambassador.
Victoria Kennedy, 67, is Biden’s choice for ambassador to Austria. Although US policy towards the small alpine country is not particularly tense, Vienna is the site of the ongoing Iran nuclear talks.
David Cohen, senior advisor to the CEO of Comcast, which owns NBC and MSNBC, is being nominated to be ambassador to Canada.
Kennedy (D-Mass.), 77 and younger brother of JFK and RFK, died of a brain tumor in 2009 after nearly 47 years in the Senate. Victoria was his second wife. They married in 1992.
The biography distributed by the White House does not identify any expertise that Victoria Kennedy, a lawyer, has in US-Austria relations.
The White House said she is chair of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute of the United States Senate, a non-profit organization that “educates the public about the US Senate, and inspires leadership and active citizenship.”
“An advocate for gun safety, Kennedy was a longtime member of the board of trustees of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in Washington, DC, and has served on the board of Stop Handgun Violence in Boston,” the release also said. . “He founded Common Sense About Children and Guns, an advocacy group that aims to reduce gun deaths and injuries to children.”
Cohen, the future ambassador to Canada, has a history in democratic politics. The White House said he was chief of staff to former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell when he was mayor of Philadelphia.