Homeland Security Task Force Chair Hopes President’s Latest Pick for Homeland Secretary Will Not Act as a Partisan Figure

Jan 11, 2005
Press Release
 WASHINGTON, DC - President Bush today announced his decision to nominate federal appeals court judge Michael Chertoff to be the next Homeland Security Secretary. Chertoff was the Senate Republicans chief investigator of President Clinton during Whitewater and, more recently, has been accused of infringing on civil liberties post 9/11.  

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14), Chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Homeland Security, today said she hoped Chertoff will not act as a partisan figure but will understand the needs of the nation’s most targeted areas if approved by the Senate. She released the following statement:

“I congratulate Judge Chertoff on his nomination, and I hope that he will have the clout and the will to fix the glaring and inexcusable problems in our homeland security system. It shouldn’t take him long to figure out that the nation’s top terrorist targets are not getting all the security assistance they need.

“The nomination of a figure who was so partisan in the 1990s leaves some doubt that he will be able or willing to work with Democrats on our ideas for better national security. I hope he remembers that it was the Democrats who first proposed much of the intelligence reform bill, federal baggage screeners, and the Department of Homeland Security itself.

“Another concern is Judge Chertoff’s treatment of civil liberties since 9/11, and I trust that will be pursued in the confirmation hearings.”