You know I like simple and smart choices — I don’t like a lot of time wasted with political agendas or handwringing and especially about critical issues like our national security. We need to make a smart and fast decision without any political drama.
I have the perfect Homeland Security Secretary for President Obama – Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger. You know the President will pick a fellow Democrat and this is the perfect choice.
Here is why:
1/ He is TRULY bipartisan — just ask the Republicans with whom he serves. Republicans and Democrats admire him. We need a Secretary who has a record of working across the aisle, in this instance, with Republicans.
2/ He is the ranking Member on the House Intelligence Committee so he has LOTS of experience in areas of security. We don’t need a rookie. He is also known as one of the leading experts on cyber security.
3/ NSA is in his Congressional District.
4/ He has executive experience. Before Congress he was the County Executive of Baltimore County — a huge county in Maryland.
5/ He would be a quick confirmation in the US Senate because of his bi partisan history and record. In areas of national security we can’t be distracted by petty party fights.
6/ Rep Ruppersberger is from a Democratic state – Maryland – so the President need not worry about giving up a seat in Congress. He is moderate Democrat which is why he is so able to work with Republicans and has a record of doing so.
7/ He was a police officer and a prosecutor.
8/ And now you: you have seen him on ON THE RECORD at 10pm and I bet you like him regardless of your political party. I have known him for years (he is an old friend of my husband) and I know he is fair, bipartisan, a hard worker and that he gives a damn.
PS Too bad the President has not asked me for my advice! :)