Prominent Jewish Republican is Bahamas envoy





Prominent Jewish Republican Ned Siegel has been confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas.

Siegel, a former chairman of the Florida chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition and a resident of Boca Raton, is the founder and CEO of the Siegel Group real estate investment company. He also serves on the board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corp. and has been an adviser to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations for the U.N. General Assembly.

Siegel was prominent fund-raiser for Jeb Bush’s gubernatorial campaign in Florida and contributed at least $200,000 to the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign.

In his statement to the Senate Sept. 12 in anticipation of his confirmation, Siegel said he plans to combat international crime, drugs and illegal migration, and to strengthen ties between the United States and the Bahamas.

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