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King Rejected Obama's Offer As Ambassador

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According to reports, New York Congressman Peter King rejected an offer from the Obama administration to take on the role as U.S. ambassador to Ireland back in January.

Sources say Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel contacted King, the week before the presidential inauguration with the proposal. However King, who played a pivotal role in peace talks between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland during the Clinton Administration, apparently shot the offer down because he didn't agree with Obama's visions on foreign policy.

In addition, the source said King didn't take the position because he wanted to remain in close proximity to his family.

For his part, the Seaford Republican has remain tight lipped on the matter.

"I had a lot of conversations with Rahm Emanuel and I"ll keep them private," King told Newsday.

Obama ultimately appointed Dan Rooney, chairman of the Superbowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers, as Ambassador.

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