Gilbert caught in political games
The next United States ambassador to New Zealand is still in limbo, almost a year after he was nominated.
Mark Gilbert, a former professional baseball player and, more recently, investment banker, was nominated by the White House last October 30.
His appointment has been stalled by a Republican Party filibuster in the US Senate ever since.
Gilbert was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and played baseball for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox.
He lives in Florida with his wife, Nancy, and is involved in charity work with the Sundance Institute, and also served on the Democratic Party Finance Committee.
His ambassadorial appointment is one of 33 held up in the Senate.
Gilbert’s predecessor, David Huebner, left New Zealand in January.