Cabinet: Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee reportedly is vying to replace Janet Napolitano as Homeland Security secretary. It would be hard to find a choice worse than the gonzo Houston Democrat.
Jackson-Lee has the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus, which has been aggressively lobbying President Obama to diversify his Cabinet.
Given Obama’s radical second-term picks — from Thomas Perez to Mel Watt — we can’t be sure he’ll pass on the recommendation, nutty as it is.
Jackson-Lee: Voice of reason?
According to the Houston Chronicle, the head of the Black Caucus last week in a letter to Obama praised Jackson-Lee as a “voice of reason” for Homeland Security, giving a whole new meaning to “reason.”
Jackson-Lee’s outrageous remarks over the years — including her comment that welfare entitlements are “earned,” and famously asking where she could find photos of our flag planted on Mars — have made her a laughingstock.
Still, the letter asserts, “Rep. Jackson-Lee would serve as an effective DHS secretary because she understands the importance of increasing border security and maintaining homeland security.”
Yes, Jackson-Lee currently serves on a homeland security subcommittee. But she’s never run any organization, certainly not one as big and critical as DHS.
And Jackson-Lee actually voted against the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the DHS.
More concerning is Jackson-Lee’s free association with people DHS is supposed to protect us from. She’s in the pocket of Islamist groups who support terrorism.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, she is among the top 10 recipients of Arab-Muslim cash and has helped unindicted terrorist co-conspirators raise cash.
At one annual fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, she presented the terror-tied group with a congressional recognition award — even though the FBI has banned the group from outreach meetings.
“How proud I am to have been associated with CAIR’s legislative work,” she said at a 2007 CAIR event. “We need CAIR and we need all of you supporting CAIR.”
That same year, she placed at least one CAIR worker in her office, according to “Muslim Mafia.”
This isn’t someone who should be running an agency dedicated to protecting us from Islamic terrorists.