|United States Ambassador to Venezuela|
6 August 2007  – July 2010
|President||George W. Bush
|Preceded by||William Brownfield|
|Succeeded by||Phil Laidlaw, Chargé d'Affaires a.i.|
Patrick Duddy is an American diplomat, formerly United States Ambassador to Venezuela. He served from August 6, 2007 to September 11, 2008, during the Bush Administration, was expelled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and eight months later was returned as Ambassador by the Obama Administration. He replaced William Brownfield, who also was the subject of repeated threats of expulsion from Chavez before leaving to become ambassador to Colombia.
Duddy served for just over a year before being expelled by Chavez, who claimed to have uncovered an American-led plot to overthrow him. The action took place after, and partially as a result of, a dispute between the United States and Bolivian president Evo Morales; Chavez expressed support for Morales. The embassy was run by John Caulfield as Chargé d'Affaires in the interim.
He returned in July 2009 when the Obama Administration restored diplomatic relations with Venezuela. He finished his assignment in July 2010. President Obama has nominated Larry Palmer as his replacement. However, as of January 2011, the U.S. Senate still has not confirmed Palmer and Hugo Chavez also refused to accept him as ambassador, leaving the position vacant. Duddy currently serves as a diplomat in residence at Duke University's Center for International Studies.
- With interruption from September 2008 - July 2009 due to suspension of diplomatic relations.
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