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Cleveland businessman Ed Crawford to be next U.S. ambassador to Ireland, report says

September 12, 2018

Cleveland businessman Ed Crawford to be next U.S. ambassador to Ireland, report says

WASHINGTON, D. C. - Cleveland business mainstay Ed Crawford, a longtime donor to Republican candidates in Ohio, is about to be nominated as the U.S. ambassador to Ireland by President Donald Trump, an Irish newspaper says.

The Irish Times newspaper reported that 80-year-old Crawford, who serves as president of Park-Ohio Holdings Corp., has been has been “linked with the vacant envoy role” since Trump’s initial pick for the job, Florida businessman Brian Burns, withdrew from consideration due to ill health.

The newspaper reported that Crawford will be “put forward for approval” Wednesday after a marathon vetting process by U.S. officials. The nation hasn’t had a U.S. ambassador since President Barack Obama’s appointee stepped down after Trump’s inauguration.

The White House’s press office did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment on the report, and Crawford did not immediately respond to a phone call to his office.

Federal Election Commission records show that Crawford donated $160,000 to the “Trump Victory” joint fundraising committee to elect Trump.

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