The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has written to President Barack Obama urging him to consider Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, replacing Janet Napolitano, who left the position to accept an offer to lead the State university system in California.
Lee, who’s been in Congress since 1995 and continues to serve as a whip for the CBC, was evidently the organization’s second choice for a recommendation from among its own members. Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) spurned the group’s effort to elevate him for the coveted big-government nomination.
Lee has a history of ignorance, belligerence and racially divisive, sensational public speech. She once asked if the Mars Pathfinder had taken a picture of the flag planted on the Red Planet by Neil Armstrong. She’s advocated for selling F-16 fighter jets and their components to Venezuela. In 2010, she told an NAACP audience that the Tea Party and the Ku Klux Klan were one and the same. Here in the 21st century, she thinks there’s a North Vietnam and a South Vietnam. She thinks “lily white” hurricane names are racist.
The CBC’s letter touts Lee’s deep understanding of immigration enforcement and her long resume of committee membership:
Representative Jackson Lee would serve as an effective DHS Secretary because she understands the importance of increasing border security and maintaining homeland security.
Since entering Congress in 1995, Jackson Lee has served on several committees, including Foreign Affairs, Judiciary and Homeland Security, in which she was the Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.
…As Chairwoman, Representative Jackson Lee supported increased airplane cargo inspections and increased security for railroads, issues of great importance to the security of this nation and its citizens.
Jackson Lee currently holds the post of Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, a position that the CBC says she “stands as a strong and honest ‘voice of reason
President Barack Obama has insinuated that he’d welcome interest from New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly for the DHS Secretary position. The White House had not responded late Tuesday to the CBC’s suggested alternative.