President Obama yesterday made four more recess appointments, including the installation of Maria del Carmen Aponte as ambassador to El Salvador. Senate Republicans had questions about Aponte’s one-time romantic relationship with a Cuban intelligence operative.
More about Aponte and the other appointees:
Aponte runs a consulting firm; previously ran the Puerto Rican Federal Affairs Administration; and sat on the boards of the National Council of La Raza, the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the University of the District of Columbia.
Obama also recess appointed Elisabeth Hagen as the Agriculture Department’s undersecretary for food safety, Winslow Sargeant as chief counsel for advocacy at the Small Business Administration, and Richard Sorian as assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services.