(CNN) – The White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama will nominate Craig Fugate, the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, as the new FEMA administrator.
“From his experience as a first responder to his strong leadership as Florida’s Emergency Manager, Craig has what it takes to help us improve our preparedness, response and recovery efforts and I can think of no one better to lead FEMA,” Obama said in a statement. “I’m confident that Craig is the right person for the job and will ensure that the failures of the past are never repeated.”
In his current position, Fugate is in charge of coordinating the disaster response and preparedness for the state of Florida, which has been hit by a number of devastating hurricanes since he took charge in 2001.
Fugate will join Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for an event in New Orleans on Thursday.
Whoa! Stop the insantiy! Shouldn't this job given to some unqualified friend as a political favor?
What, no background judging horses? How will he ever handle the FEMA job?
Wait, Craig Fugate is actually qualified for this position! How will he ever do a heckuva job?
Since this guy has a lot of experience in Florida with hurricanes I think he is a very good choice.
Wow. Someone actually qualified to run FEMA. If only Bush would have thought of that...
Did I read that right? A man with hands on experence! What a good idea.
FEMA should be a no-brainer since James Lee Witt has all the plans and is still around consulting. When Witt was in charge, FEMA ran perfectly without much fanfare or media coverage, just stuck to the business of disaster recovery and helping those in need. It wasn't until the horse show organizer, homeland insecurity and an idiot President intervened that we created a problem. The President should disband Homeland Security first and let DOD handle our security!!! FEMA should be with the deartment of the interior so they can fight forest fires and help those victims also!!!
Did anyone check to see if he owes back taxes?
He can deal with the ownership rights that the republican have stolen in New Orleans.
Just another tax dead-beat. Any body wanna bet?
"In his current position, Fugate is in charge of coordinating the disaster response and preparedness for the state of Florida, which has been hit by a number of devastating hurricanes since he took charge in 2001. "
Yeah, but can he put on a horse show? I hope his taxes are paid up.
I live in Florida and the 2004 hurricane season was the worst I have ever experienced, It's good to see someone in FEMA who has had first hand experience dealing with natural disasters. Fugate is definitely a very good choice for the position.