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Craig Fugate as Homeland Security secretary?



Craig Fugate, the former Florida chief of emergency management who now runs FEMA, is among the names of possible being tossed about as a possible replacement for Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

Fugate has earned high praise since taking over the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2009, helping restore its reputation after Hurricane Katrina. He has the added bonus of having served under Republican Gov. Jeb Bush.

The White House says it's too early to begin speculation about who will replace Napolitano, who is leaving in September to run the University of California system.

Other names being floated (as per NYT): Ray Kelly, the New York police commissioner; John S. Pistole, the T.S.A. administrator; William J. Bratton, who has headed the Police Departments in New York, Los Angeles and Boston; Adm. Thad W. Allen, a former Coast Guard commandant; Jane Harman, a former Democratic congresswoman from California and  Jane Holl Lute, the department’s former deputy secretary.

[Last modified: Monday, July 15, 2013 11:55am]


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