May 3rd, 2009
10:11 AM ET
4 years ago

Napolitano continues to shrug off Supreme Court questions

(CNN) - Janet Napolitano just started her first Washington job - but speculation lingers over whether she might be interested in a more permanent post in the nation's capital.

The Homeland Security secretary continued to shrug off questions Sunday over whether or not she'd be willing to serve on the Supreme Court if she were tapped by President Obama to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Justice David Souter.

"You know Chris, I got to tell you, I got my hands full with the flu right now and I’m just going to stick with that," she told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace.

Under further questioning, she didn't clarify. "The president has many, many excellent choices before him. And that’s his choice," she said.

The former Arizona governor has long been considered by some political observers to be a possible pick for the high court. On Friday, she also did not indicate whether or not she would consider serving on the high court.

“I’m fully engaged as the Secretary of Homeland Security,” she told reporters. “In fact, I hadn’t heard that he’d actually resigned so you just broke some news for me today.”

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soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. shawn

    She is obviously incompetent in her current role so under the liberal philosophy it would make sense for obama to promote her

    May 3, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. Lynn

    Why would reporters keep asking her than?? Can't the media just wait and see who is nominated?

    May 3, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Simmy

    Latina male or female - African American male or female....

    May 3, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. ib

    JUst what we need; her on the court. She messes up everytime she opens her mouth; scary as homeland chief; even more so as a judge she is so far left. I guess that is why Obama loves her so much she is like him; far left.

    May 3, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Jay

    That's it put another do nothing idiot on the Supreme Court. Oh I forgot, Arizona's loss is out gain. Just fling open the doors to the US from Mexico the fastest growing population and Democratic voters in history.

    Yup American jobs,Welfare, and social services for all except American citizens. She would do for the court as she has done for homeland security. We will have to mount a more thorough watch for returning servicemen and women in her secret files.

    Just what we need more Chicago style and honest politician types.

    May 3, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Alfred E. Neumann

    Let the Supreme Court ratings race commence. Anyone doubt that Fox News will win this effort, leaving CNN & MSNBC in the dust?

    One thing that we learned from George W Bush was to leave friends like Harriet Mirers off the short/long list; same goes for Janet – not qualified.

    Janet is more qualified than Clarence Thomas but that's not saying much.

    Here's another hint: leave Caroline Kennedy off the vetting team.

    Try to find a judge that pays their taxes, that would be nice.

    May 3, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. Swine Flu denier

    This would be a conflict of interest because she would eventually have to rule on Obama's eligibility for Presidency based on a fraudulent birth certificate

    May 3, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. Mike Dallas

    I agree with Napolitan, she is busy and doing fine in her current position there are plenty of other qualified women to select from.

    Not, quite sure I believe she did not know Souter had resigned, that is a stretch.

    May 3, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  9. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    She probably would say our immigration laws are unconstitutional and allow the world into America. She could not even uphold the laws of our nation, let alone interprete them!

    May 3, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. mary,florida

    How about Palin,she has watched a couple of Law and Order shows.

    May 3, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. chuck

    The Governor of Mich. Gov. Granholm should get nthe nod. She is qualified and she played a big part to get Barack Obama elected as President. I will congratulate Gov.Granholm in advance.

    May 3, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Kim in Arizona, FOR NOW

    She would be a perfect pick! I have always respected her, and was sad for the state when she left as Gov. BUT since I am leaving its ok. I would rather her be H.S.S. I do think there are a lot of other women that would be good picks though, and they will NOT be a anti-choice, bible thumping loon, like palin!

    May 3, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Republican

    I dont like her.Shes as smart as someone from Alabama I know.

    May 3, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Jessica

    Janet Napolitano has displayed, thus far, a lack of common sense in her current office. We need a justice with innate intelligence who will uphold the Constitution not reinterpret it.

    May 3, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Ancient Texan

    She doesn't have a clue what she's doing now and wouldn't have one in the Supreme court. But from a national security standpoint, she would do less damage in the court.

    May 3, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. John W. Racine, WI

    She SHOULD just go back to AZ!

    The only thing she has done as Secretary of Homeland Security has been to become the highest ranking official in the cabinet to ENABLE ILLEGAL ALIENS...

    Napolitano: the ILLEGAL ALIEN ENABLER!

    Just think about what she could accomplish on the Supreme Court...

    May 3, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  17. Mike Bender

    I pray she keeps shrugging.
    A person paranoid about returning service men and women should not be sitting on the court.

    May 3, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. tracy

    She is a freaky flatliner!She seems to be loaded on valium.

    May 3, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. Proud DHS radical

    Janet is definitely not qualified for the Supreme court! She'a having a hard enough time trying not to screw up (again) her current job.

    May 3, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  20. Chris

    Lots of ignorant comments here. Knee-jerk reactions from GOP deadenders, I think. Napolitano was an outstanding Governor in AZ, and has done a bang up job at DHS so far. She would be a great choice. Supreme Court justices do not need to be judges. It is good to dilute the ivory tower types. That said, I prefer Sonia Sotomayor.

    May 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Proud DHS radical

    To John W. Racine, WI...don't send her back here! We were only too happy to get rid of Janet knowing our lost would be Obama's headache!

    May 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. gl, Pittsburgh

    mary,florida May 3rd, 2009 11:01 am ET

    How about Palin,she has watched a couple of Law and Order shows.

    Good comment!

    May 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. Goverment is your Daddy

    How about Rev. Wright????????

    May 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. gl, Pittsburgh

    Latina male or female — African American male or female….
    Right on! There are too many white faces on the Supreme court. Need more divisity.

    May 3, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. JonDie

    "The Homeland Security secretary continued to shrug off questions Sunday over whether or not she'd be willing to serve on the Supreme Court..."

    Of course she'd be "willing" to serve...unless she has some sort of skeletons in her closet (like Clarence Thomas) that could cause her to get beat up by conservatives.

    May 3, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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