Gil­bert caught in po­lit­i­cal games

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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.

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