Former Congressman, consummate insider lobbyist, Dan Glickman to head Refugees International

I guess that is what a lobbying group needs, a lobbyist who knows the ropes in Washington.  And, surely a lobbyist who headed the Motion Picture Association of America is just the ticket to head a refugee organization.  Maybe its Glickman’s old contacts on the Intelligence Committee that commends him for the job.

Refugees International must have a lot of money kicking around to hire this guy, but then again keeping refugees flowing to the US, keeping the climate refugee issue alive, and mucking around in international affairs is a big job.

From the Capital-Journal:

A former 4th Congressional District representative has been named president of Refugees International, the leading advocacy organization on refugee crises worldwide, the agency announced Friday.

Dan Glickman served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 18 years, beginning in 1974. During his time in Congress, he was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, the House Judiciary Committee, and chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

He currently serves as Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America and will start at Refugees International in April.

“While I have truly enjoyed my experience at the MPAA, it is time for me to return to my true passion: public service,” said Mr. Glickman.

“Refugees International has important work to do and I can’t sit on the sidelines as the world sees more and more people forced from their homes every day. I am very excited about this extraordinary opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world.”

Glickman succeeds the late Ken Bacon* who became president of Refugees International in 2001 and led the organization until his death in August.

“I could not be more enthusiastic that Dan has chosen to lead Refugees International,” said Farooq Kathwari**, Chair of Refugees International’s Board of Directors and Chairman and CEO of Ethan Allen.

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* Political junkies will recall that Ken Bacon was the Pentagon spokesman during the Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal who released Linda Tripp’s personel file to the media causing the media to focus their ire on Tripp (to destroy her) which played a role in saving Clinton’s bacon.

** Farooq Kathwari is involved with the Kashmiri separatist movement.  His son died a jihadist in Afghanistan.  Here is just one of several posts on Kathwari.

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