Kelly gets bipartisan endorsement for Homeland Security

posted at 2:01 pm on July 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

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 Kelly’s 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 2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, the NYPD is well-known for springing quickly into action whenever there is a terrorist event anywhere around the world. Kelly’s Hercules teams swiftly secure high-profile locations in the city. …

Long Island Congressman Peter King echoed those sentiments.

“I don’t know if he wants the job or not, but the job certainly needs him, so that’s why I’m 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:

O’Malley (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, O’Malley 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, O’Malley, 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 O’Malley 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 O’Malley 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 O’Malley 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.

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Martin O’Malley

God help us all.

Gatsu on July 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Martin O’Malley???

As a Maryland resident….LOL!

That is funny….so I know Obama will pick him. He does have presidential reams in 2016 (even funnier I know), and he has sucked up a lot to Obama, and Zero likes suck-ups.

William Eaton on July 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Martin O’Malley

‘Cuz he’s proven that he knows how to secure the prisons in his state so that they aren’t turned over to the inmates./

BTW, I don’t think being Sec of DHS would help him much in his 2016 run for POTUS. He’d have to resign probably next year or early 2015.

Resist We Much on July 15, 2013 at 2:10 PM

if picking O’Malley over someone so much more qualified isn’t gagging enought Piers Morgan lands Rachel Jeantel interview

CoffeeLover on July 15, 2013 at 2:14 PM

Stop and Frisk coming soon to a neighborhood near you.

jpmn on July 15, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Uh, excuse me, where are the lesbian candidates?

Pork-Chop on July 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Hey! No fair Maryland. You picked this commie, you keep him for the full ride. Though I can relate. There was giddy excitement when I was living in Michigan and rumors had it that we might be foisting off Jennifer Granholm on the nation- but even the rat-eared coward isn’t that damned stupid.

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2013 at 2:20 PM

I like the idea of Ray Kelly, at least he has a clue.

Cindy Munford on July 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Big Mom. It has a bad ring to it.

Buddahpundit on July 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Well, I tell ya now, I’d be a choosin’ that fine son of Erin, that good Irish commish, Raymond Kelly, over that no account fatherless mick, O’Malley, any day.

coldwarrior on July 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

On one hand, I hate the idea of O’Malley as DHS director. He is a classic gun-grabbing, tax and spend liberal, with an emphasis on “tax.” On the other hand it would at least get him out of Maryland!

And frankly if he runs in 2016 he will have no chance against the Clinton juggernaut.

Doomberg on July 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Obama would never appoint Kelley. He’s too competent with too much integrity.

Only Marxist America-hating ideologues need apply.

petefrt on July 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Uh, excuse me, where are the lesbian candidates?

Pork-Chop on July 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM

You make a good point. Having a representive mix of gender, sexes, sexual orientation, races, species, etc. is all that matters when making these appointments. The optics of the group photo and pandering to special interests. Actual qualification for the job is secondary at best.

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The DHS should be scrapped entirely. I wonder what new department level addition to the federal government our next “limited government” conservative president will create. Undoubedtly when it gets hijacked by the dems everyone will feign surprise and pretend to have been agaisnt the idea from the get-go.

abobo on July 15, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Uh, excuse me, where are the lesbian candidates?

Pork-Chop on July 15, 2013 at 2:16 PM

HAHAHAHAHHAHHHA!!

Bingo! Complete with the Bull D hair style!!

Gina McCarthy!! What a BABE!!

There has GOT to be one out there completey Bald, sporting camo!

ToddPA on July 15, 2013 at 2:25 PM

On one hand, I hate the idea of O’Malley as DHS director. He is a classic gun-grabbing, tax and spend liberal, with an emphasis on “tax.” On the other hand it would at least get him out of Maryland!

Doomberg on July 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

On the one hand, he is indeed a classic gun-grabbing, tax and spend liberal with an emphasis on “tax.” On the other hand, the current DHS director is too but far uglier.

IMO, the best O’Malley could hope for is a Demonrat win in 2016 and the chance to keep the job longer than the rest of this term. When it comes to running for the presidency, he’s got virtually no chance.

Happy Nomad on July 15, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Because Kelly would be the most logical choice and is the least political, he hasn’t a chance.

At least the pilots, Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow are not being considered at this time.

TXUS on July 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Kelly? Why not, BO needs to keep the support of his base. Oh, Ray Kelly; I thought you were talking Kelly Clarkson. Never mind.

NotEasilyFooled on July 15, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I like the idea of Ray Kelly, at least he has a clue.

Cindy Munford on July 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

I agree, which is why I don’t think he wants any part
of this Administration.

ToddPA on July 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Get rid of DHS…one less thug and goon to be in charge of the once free land

Schadenfreude on July 15, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I nominate Mike Ditka for Homeland Security.

dczombie on July 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM

This is NOT good. Kelly has been a great advocate of the concept that Homeland Security should have a much larger “policing” role in the streets of cities all across America. He oversaw the seamless merging of NYPD and Homeland Security in New York. He’s an advocate for federalizing police departments all across the USA by moving them away from local control and putting them under the watchful eye of Homeland Security (which he will be leader of).

In short, with Ray Kelly as head of Homeland Security, America will take a large leap toward becoming the full blown fascist Police State that many of us predicted was just over the horizon.

Mahdi on July 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM

More ‘consensus’ and ‘compromise’.
That’s what we need.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM

On one hand, I hate the idea of O’Malley as DHS director. He is a classic gun-grabbing, tax and spend liberal, with an emphasis on “tax.” On the other hand it would at least get him out of Maryland!

And frankly if he runs in 2016 he will have no chance against the Clinton juggernaut.

Doomberg on July 15, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I want him to run so bad, just to watch him spit up all over himself on the national stage.

The debates would be hilarious.

Gatsu on July 15, 2013 at 2:43 PM

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) have both called for Kelly to take over

That’s all I need to know to oppose Kelly. Schumer and Peter King are two of the most notorious fascists in DC, and both of them from the NY area, the cradle of American neofascism.

FloatingRock on July 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM

This is NOT good. Kelly has been a great advocate of the concept that Homeland Security should have a much larger “policing” role in the streets of cities all across America. He oversaw the seamless merging of NYPD and Homeland Security in New York. He’s an advocate for federalizing police departments all across the USA by moving them away from local control and putting them under the watchful eye of Homeland Security (which he will be leader of).

In short, with Ray Kelly as head of Homeland Security, America will take a large leap toward becoming the full blown fascist Police State that many of us predicted was just over the horizon.

Mahdi on July 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM

I don’t know much about him but I believe you, because if that weren’t so then neofascists like Schumer and King wouldn’t be supporting him.

FloatingRock on July 15, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Kelly will get nominated and confirmed. As soon as an immigration bill passes, he gets fired, and Obama nominates someone like Van Jones.

I nominate Mike Ditka for Homeland Security.

dczombie on July 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM

That reminds me of a nearly 30-year-old Chicago Tribune political cartoon (back when it wasn’t yet a liberal rag) in two Russian officers were talking about American weaponry. At the time, the Soviets were gnashing their teeth over Reagan’s “Star Wars” effort. So, one of the Ruskies says, “I worried less about Star Wars than I am about that!” And he points to a picture of William “The Refrigerator” Perry, who, at the time, was all the rage in Chicago.

BuckeyeSam on July 15, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Kelly? Right! He is absolutely qualified for DHS as the NYPD has a better record than DHS in the terrorism game. One minor problem. Holder has publicly offered DoJ’s total support of the lawsuit designed to end stop and frisk and place a watchdog over the NYPD. And Kelly is publicly all over TV on record as ardently defending Stop and Frisk. Oh and the NYPD has sent officers into other jurisdictions to engage in secret surveillance of Muslim centers and mosques. And Kelly defends that as well. My kind of DHS guy, but Obama would have to pretend Holder doesn’t exist if he were to nominate Kelly. I’d stock up on popcorn if he does. MSNBC’s talking heads will explode.

xkaydet65 on July 15, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Kelly will get nominated and confirmed. As soon as an immigration bill passes, he gets fired, and Obama nominates someone like Van Jones.

dczombie on July 15, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Probably. Either Van Jones, Beyonce or some gangsta rapper.

petefrt on July 15, 2013 at 4:47 PM

TSA will love the “Stop-Question-Frisk” policy….
Oh, wait, they already do that, don’t they?

Another Drew on July 15, 2013 at 5:38 PM

…how about Dennis Rodman?

KOOLAID2 on July 15, 2013 at 9:03 PM