Kennedy sister may be picked

March 10, 1993|By Boston Globe

Jean Kennedy Smith, a sister of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., is President Clinton's choice for ambassador to Ireland, according to a source close to the selection process.

Mr. Clinton is expected to announce Ms. Smith's nomination on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, after he meets at the White House with Prime Minister Arnold Reynolds of Ireland, the source said. However, other congressional sources close to the process said yesterday that they had not been notified of the nomination.

If Ms. Smith, 65, is nominated, the appointment would be seen TC as a political favor to Mr. Kennedy, who supported Mr. Clinton during the presidential campaign and who is expected to support Mr. Clinton's efforts to reform health care.

Mr. Kennedy heads the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, which is expected to play a key role in many of the projects closest to Mr. Clinton's heart.

"Teddy wanted this bad," one source familiar with the process said. "He called in some chits."

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