A Cleveland billionaire will reportedly be tapped as the new U.S. ambassador to Ireland.
Edward Crawford, 79, who has roots in the Irish village of Newmarket, is expected to be appointed to the position by President Donald Trump around St. Patrick's Day on March 17, Irish Central reports.
The newspaper identifies Crawford as "a leading fundraiser for Donald Trump during the campaign in the critical state of Ohio, which Trump won easily."
Crawford is chairman and CEO of Park-Ohio Holdings Corp., a diversified industrial holding company, with about 6,000 employees worldwide and annual revenues in 2016 of approximately $1.3 billion.
Irish Central's Niall O'Dowd writes that Crawford's grandparents were Irish immigrants from County Cork.
"In 1948, his father, an electrician, together with Crawford's mother and two brothers wanted to move to California," O'Dowd writes.
"During the move as they were traveling on Route 20 in Ohio, their car broke down. His mother found an apartment for the family in Cleveland Heights and the family stayed in Ohio, where Crawford grew up."
Crawford will replace Kevin Francis O'Malley, who served as ambassador from 2014 to 2017. A previous Trump nominee, Irish American lawyer and philanthropist Brian Burns, 81, withdrew his name last June.
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