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Most Importantly, Not Ray Kelly

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Jeh Johnson tabbed to head DHS.

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  • efgoldman

    Most Importantly, Not Ray Kelly

    Yup.
    I wonder if Obama ever really considered Kelly, though, or if someone lower on the food chain leaked it just to see what happened.

    • snarkout

      My take at the time was that it was Obama being polite to Schumer rather than a serious consideration.

    • Scott Lemieux

      I don’t think he received a second’s serious consideration.

    • joe from Lowell

      Obama answered a question in an interview, and decided not to say, “No, fuck that guy,” is how I remembered it.

  • junker

    I was hoping for Janet Yellen myself…

  • Dan

    I keep checking to see if that guy’s first name is a typo.

  • Chris Mealy

    Ray “Accidents Happen” Kelly is an asshole who doesn’t care if kids get murdered as long as the murder weapon is a car.

    http://www.streetsblog.org/category/people/ray-kelly/

    • DocAmazing

      Jesus. I thought the SFPD was bad.

  • joe from Lowell

    I’m glad it’s not Ed Davis.

    He’s doing a great job right where he is, and what does he know about the Washington shark tank, anyway?

    • JL

      Eh, I think I have a lower opinion of Davis than you. “Better than NYC” is true but a low bar for police behavior.

      Lest you think I’m just riding my hobbyhorses, MAMLEO (the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers) and the Boston NAACP president, among others, don’t like him much either.

      • joe from Lowell

        Ed Davis took over a police force that was founded in the 1600s, and has been working to improve it ever since. Blaming him for racial discrimination in the BPD is like blaming Eric Holder for racial discrimination in the FBI.

        Davis is the father of community policing in this country, and introduced affirmative action in the hiring of Asian officers in Lowell.

        People whose professional standing requires them to push are supposed to push, and push against the most prominent figure available. That doesn’t make their word gospel.

  • CJColucci

    True story: At our law school class’s 30th reunion, a group of us, including Jeh, who was then General Counsel to the Defense Department, were about to go listen to the dean deliver his state of the law school address. Jeh held back, working his Blackberry. “I’ll join you in a minute,” he said, “I have to authorize a missile strike.”

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