PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney is staying put as the United States Ambassador to Ireland, for now.
Speculation about him potentially resigning in order to campaign for President Barack Obama began to swirl after an interview with the Irish Times was published over the weekend.
During the interview, Rooney said that he may need to resign in order to campaign for President Obama’s re-election.
However, those comments led to some confusion as to whether or not Rooney would be stepping down from his position.
On Monday, he cleared up the confusion by releasing a statement that read:
“Some readers have drawn the incorrect conclusion from my comments to The Irish Times on April 23rd, 2011. I was asked what I could do to help President Obama in the next election and I responded that the best thing I could do would be to help him campaign. Were I to do so, it would require my resignation as Ambassador to Ireland. However, I am very pleased with my accomplishments to date and I intend to continue to carry out my duties.”
He was appointed as ambassador in 2009 after endorsing President Obama in 2008.