A week after Michael Brown, the former FEMA director who resigned following Hurricane Katrina, said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff should be fired, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is calling for his head as well, in a new petition posted online:
Tell President Bush We Need Real Leadership for the Homeland Security Department:
Chertoff Has to Go
The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security oversees our safety on everything from natural disasters to terrorist attacks. America needs to be preparing, not sitting idly by for three more years waiting to see what will be botched next. We need competence and we need it now.
We, the undersigned, demand that Michael Chertoff be replaced by competent leadership at the head of the Homeland Security Department.
Liberals across the blogosphere say he should be fired as well. Most support for his removal was voiced in the days following Katrina, but Brown’s comments seem to have ignited their feelings once again.
From the DailyKos:
"State and local officials like Nagin and Blanco will be held accountable for their performance; they serve at the pleasure of the voters, and if the voters believe that they did not perform their duties, they will vote accordingly. But what of political appointees, who after having performed miserably during a crisis, will remain in their office and be held accountable to no one for their actions? If another disaster occurs, the same incompetence that fatally revealed itself with Katrina will still reign at DHS because the President is too arrogant to do what America wants him to do: fire Michael Chertoff."
In other online petition news, the FireDavidGregory.com website continues to reap in signers. Check out the site for a running total. Last time I check the number had hit 2,609. People are realizing NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent David Gregory’s unprofessional antics are out-of-control. At this point, he’s definitely more of a liability than an asset to NBC.