Washington: Congressman Brad Sherman, an
influential Democratic lawmaker from California, is lobbying
for a former Californian Lt Governor to be made the next US
Ambassador to India.
"We write to support our friend, former Lieutenant
Governor of California, Cruz Bustamante for the position of
United States Ambassador to India," Sherman wrote in a letter
he is planning to send to Obama, reported The Cable, an online
blog of The Foreign Policy magazine.
Sherman circulated the letter to all California Democratic
offices, urging others to support his endeavour.
"Mr Bustamante has proven himself to be a capable,
hard-working and dedicated civil servant. Given his long
career of public service and his extensive work on issues of
international trade and economic development, we are confident
that Mr. Bustamante`s appointment would bring strong
leadership to the relationship between the United States and
India," Sherman said.
Sherman, who recently received endorsement of Bustamante
for his re-election bid, said that the former Californian Lt
Governor "has a wealth of experience and an extensive
knowledge of Indian culture, politics and business".
The Cable said Sherman is currently in need of
high-powered California endorsements because he is running
against another well-liked incumbent Democrat -- House Foreign
Affairs Committee ranking member Howard Berman.
Drawn together into a newly created district in the Los
Angeles area, Sherman and Berman will have to run against each
This is shaping up to be a highly competitive and costly
Sherman`s chief of staff Don MacDonald told The Cable
today that there`s no linkage between Bustamante`s endorsement
and Sherman`s letter recommending him for the India post.
"As to any suggestion that Sherman is doing this in return
for some political benefit, Sherman actually urged that
Bustamante seek this position well before redistricting, and a
likely very tough race, came into focus.
"The endorsement came months after Sherman first mentioned
the ambassadorship to him, well after Sherman had decided to
undertake these efforts," MacDonald was quoted as saying.