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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Political Appointees Leaving FEMA?

Harry Truman used to say, "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen." Important to know in light of thisarticle:
Even as Hurricane Ophelia crashed ashore yesterday, more FEMA political appointees abandoned ship amid the torrent of criticism over the agency's handling of Hurricane Katrina.
Daniel Craig, recovery division director for the embattled Federal Emergency Management Agency, told staffers that he had resigned within hours of his former boss, FEMA Director Michael Brown, who quit Monday, agency officials said.

A FEMA spokeswoman said Craig had long planned to leave the agency but would continue serving for at least a month.

Craig told staffers he expects to testify at congressional hearings probing why FEMA's response was so inadequate after Katrina flooded the Gulf Coast.

"A lot of the political [appointees] will disappear," Craig predicted, according to one official.
You know, it seems to me that if you've been getting the pay check, you ought to stick around and take any deserved lumps (and it remains to be seen if any are deserved). However, if they are this risk adverse, then about all I can say is, "AMF!"

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