– We ask Mr. Obama to withdraw the Tsunis nomination or, alternatively, that the Senate act in the interests of the U.S., the taxpayer, and our ties with Norway and, thus, reject the nomination, wrote the petition published on change.org.
Lundquist explained why they should care about this issue. “If Mr. Tsunis is confirmed this coming Tuesday, February 4th – we will be paying this multi-millionaire (worth $85 million) about $200,000 per year to sit in Oslo, Norway in a country, among a people, and before a government all of whom he as already irreparably offended and of each which he has shown us he knows and cares absolutely nothing”, suggested he.
Last week, Greek-American businessman George James Tsunis, who’s been nominated to be the next US ambassador to Norway, called Prime Minister Erna Solberg as president and suggested that the coalition member FRP is “spewing hatred”. In addition, he said that Norwegian government has condemned FRP, as he responded to questions from Senator John McCain during a hearing in the Senate
After the scandalous statements, FRP required the U.S. President Barack Obama to apologize Norway and FRP. Progress justice spokesman Jan Arild Ellingsen accused Obama for picking the wrong ambassador candidate.
Talking to Norwegian TV2, Tsunis said that he regrets the statements and that he never meant to hurt anyone. If he is approved by the Senate and sent to Norway, he will meet FRP management as quickly as possible to rectify what he said.
Tsunis was one of Obama’s biggest financial contributors to his presidential campaign. George J. Tsunis is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chartwell Hotels, LLC. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Tsunis was of counsel at Rivkin Radler, LLP and served as partner since 2005. Mr. Tsunis was Special Counsel to the Town of Huntington Committee on Open Space Preservation as well as Counsel to the Dix Hills Water District from 2003 to 2009. From 1998 to 1999, he practiced law at Goldberg & Cohen in Brooklyn, NY. From 1996 to 1998, he was a Legislative Attorney at the New York City Council. Mr. Tsunis received a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.
President Barack Obama nominated him to the US ambassador to Norway. The hearing of the Foreign Committee is part of the process of approving the candidates.
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