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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Voters in the Granite State will reject Rick Santorum and his hard-line, right-wing social views next Tuesday, says James Hormel — the first openly gay U.S. Ambassador, named by President Bill Clinton to head the American embassy in Luxembourg in 1998, over the fierce objections of Santorum and other Republican Senators who were powerless to stop the recess appointment.

Hormel, a meatpacking heir who grew up in a solidly Republican family, is the author of Fit to Serve, a recently published memoir of the public and private struggles that led to his pathbreaking appointment. Santorum, a committed opponent of gay rights in all forms, once denounced Hormel’s appointment as “a complete insult to Catholics,” and therefore an insult to the Catholic majority in Luxembourg. “It’s like nominating someone who is anti-Jewish for the ambassadorship to Israel.” As Hormel explains in his book, Santorum’s warning proved utterly false, and he was welcomed by Luxembourg’s people, politicians, and monarchy.

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