Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano (D) has been chosen to serve as secretary of the vast and troubled Department of Homeland Security for President-elect Obama, Democratic officials said. Napolitano is a border governor who will now be responsible for immigration policy and border security, which are part of Homeland Security’s myriad functions.
In 2005, TIME magazine named her one of America’s five best governors, calling her “A Mountaineer on the Political Rise.”
This ol' mountaineer's got a 'political rise' right now too!
Her official bio says: “Janet Napolitano was sworn in as Arizona’s 21st Governor on January 6, 2003. She is the first woman in the nation’s history to serve as U.S. Attorney, State Attorney General and Governor in immediate succession. Prior her election as Governor of Arizona, Napolitano served one term as Arizona Attorney General and four years as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona. Born in New York City and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, she is a distinguished alumna of Santa Clara University and the University of Virginia Law School. She has lived in Arizona since 1983, when she moved to Phoenix to practice law.”
They fail to mention that she was elected Governor under Arizona's Clean Elections Act which is a big step forward, IMNSHO, from the normal Dirty Money System.
This is not a done deal, but I'm hopeful. Adios, Skeletor, hello nice western border state governor lady.
...but what do we really know about the woman who may soon be arbitrarily adjusting the color-coded terror threat level? Read on and find out.
Current gig: Governor of Arizona, as if John McCain didn't need to have it rubbed in his face any more than he already has.
Homeland security credentials: Served as Arizona Attorney General, and as governor of a border state, has experience with immigration policy, border security, and talking down rifle-and-beer-cooler-toting Minutemen.
Is she...um...what's the deal with...you know?: Well, she's 50, unmarried, childless, and certainly seems to fit the profile. But she also opposes same-sex marriage and has long been a victim of a whisper campaign about her sexuality. So, the jury's still out, if by "jury," you mean unhinged internet bloggers.
As opposed to us superbly hinged yet unoiled squeaky ones who don't give a rat's ass who she sleeps with as long as she does a good job?