Skip to comments.NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly gets bipartisan endorsement for Homeland Security
Posted on 07/15/2013 1:47:17 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Who will replace Janet Napolitano at Homeland Security? With the filibuster in peril this week, getting a consensus candidate may not matter much for a Senate confirmation, but that doesn’t mean one won’t arise. Already, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly has endorsements from two key members of Congress — one Democrat, one Republican:
Police Commissioner Ray Kellys experience with fighting terrorism has been cited as the reason why two lawmakers want him to take over as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) have both called for Kelly to take over, as after current secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday she was resigning to take a job as president of the University of California system.
As CBS 2s Tracee Carrasco reported, the NYPD is well-known for springing quickly into action whenever there is a terrorist event anywhere around the world. Kellys Hercules teams swiftly secure high-profile locations in the city. …
Long Island Congressman Peter King echoed those sentiments.
I dont know if he wants the job or not, but the job certainly needs him, so thats why Im strongly, strongly supporting Commissioner Kelly for Homeland Security secretary, King said.
Kelly makes a lot more sense as a candidate than politicians with less or no experience in counter-terrorism. The NYPD has become a de facto Homeland Security department already, thanks to the Big Apple’s status as one of America’s biggest targets, and to the experiences of 9/11 and the 1993 World Trade Center attacks. Kelly has plenty of experience and focus on the external threats facing the US and would need only a small learning curve to expand that to a national scale. Dealing with the bureaucracy involved might take longer, but that will be true for any nominee.
The Washington Post reported that another name is under consideration at the White House — Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley:
OMalley (D) has sought to carve out a niche on homeland security issues since his days as mayor of Baltimore, which has a deep-water port.
He is currently the chairman of the health and homeland security committee for the National Governors Association. Earlier this year, OMalley was also named by President Obama as co-chairman of the Council of Governors, a group charged with strengthening collaboration between federal and state governments on national security issues.
In the past, OMalley, who is weighing a 2016 presidential bid, has signaled that he intends to serve out his term as governor, which ends in January 2015.
But some advisers suggested Friday that OMalley would certainly give serious consideration to an Obama Cabinet post if asked to take it. They said they were not sure how likely that scenario might be.
The advisers requested anonymity to more freely discuss OMalley future. Some also acknowledged that the recent indictments of corrections officers at a state-run jail in Baltimore could make a bid for a Cabinet post more awkward for OMalley right now.
Yes, that might be awkward indeed. O’Malley would likely receive more partisan scrutiny than Kelly, although the latter might get some awkward questions of his own over NYC’s “stop and frisk” policy, NBC News reports. Still, picking the most obviously qualified over a political ally would probably net Obama some good will on Capitol Hill, which he may need after Reid’s filibuster change.
But would he kiss Bambi’s butt and continue targeting innocent rednecks and real people? Bambi will want a hanging over the left coast liberal to continue punishing we the little people.
It would be nice to have someone who didn’t target conservative American citizens. I’ll bet Obama goes with another horrible hateful woman.... hope I’m wrong.
What a scary assertion!
We don’t need or want the NYC gungrabber bloomberg hack to be in charge of DHS.
He has been a very effective Police Commissioner. Violent Crime in NYC has DROPPED to a record low under his tenure.
I am however, not sure how strong he is on immigration enforcement.
NYC automatic disqualifyer.
Agreed. Still better than anyone in zer0s regime. But awful none the less.
George Carlin - “Bipartisan usually means that a larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.”
Sounds good, but so did a lot of other people. Once you enter through the DC beltway, something seems to eventually happen to ‘good’ people.
Kelly is not queer, black, nor a woman, & therefore unqualified.
Kelly is neither queer, black, nor a woman, & therefore unqualified.
NYC automatic disqualifyer.
I hear you, but challenge you with...
would you rather have someone from Chicago?
And we just thought the bull dike was bad. we’ve had it,w/ no vasoline
From NYC from birth into my teens. The mentality is so overwhelmingly Government being central to everything you do from birth till death that they consider Rudy Giulliani and Ray Kelly to be raging conservatives. I am sure Chicago has the same mentality.
Thank God I moved when I did n
This was just another liberal, big government program established under Bush!
It has been yet another liberal, black hole government project, sucking billions more tax dollars from American taxpayers!
Meanwhile, like all other government agencies, especially under this Socialist asministration, granting itaelf more and more power and depriving American Citizens of their rights, tilting in favor of every immigrant, legal and illegal!
Just say NO, shut 'er down!
You're fighting the last war, dummies!
I hate this Pig.