Former U.S. president candidate Hart to be representative for Northern Ireland
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday named former Senator Gary Hart as his representative on Northern Ireland, nearly 30 years after the Democratic politician's bid for the U.S. presidency was cut short by a sex scandal.Gary Hart. The man who dared the media to follow him around to ensure he wasn't cheating on his wife and then had his girlfriend sit on his lap on the boat named -- I kid you not -- Monkey Business. Top. Men. The man was a Senator nearly 30 years ago, lost the Democratic nomination in 1988 to Michael Dukakis, and became famous for an affair in which he got caught. Easily.
Kerry said in a statement that Hart, 77, who in recent years gained a name as a national security expert and author, would play a "direct, on-the-ground diplomatic role."
Now, how Hart, a former Senator from Colorado, became a national security expert is anyone's guess. He's been on several boards through the Obama administration, and stumped for Lurch in 2004 (yes, bringing *all* the star power of Gary Hart), but somehow this makes him a security expert. The man who had an affair after telling the media to follow him to prove he was innocent of having an affair.
Then again, our "Ebola Czar" is a lawyer whose main claim to fame is having been Joe Biden's chief-of-staff, so why the hell not?
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