Gun group not keen on Rep. Jackson Lee to replace Napolitano

Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Chad Groening (

A gun rights organization says if Barack Obama taps Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to be the next head of the Department of Homeland Security, Americans could all be longing for the days of outgoing-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The Washington Times reports that just two weeks after Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, the Congressional Black Caucus has recommended that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) fill her spot. A letter signed by the Caucus chairwoman, Ohio Democrat Marcia Fudge, urges President Obama to consider Jackson Lee for the position, calling the Texas Democrat a "voice of reason" that the agency could stand to gain.

A blogger for Security Debrief reacted specifically to that comment, saying: “I have heard [Lee] described by many people as many things, but the words ‘voice of reason’ have never been among those descriptions .... The words ‘wild card’ may be the most accurate descriptor as you honest to God never know what she might say or do in a hearing, or for that matter in any other setting.”

Erich Pratt, spokesman for Gun Owners of America (GOA), is not keen on the idea of the longtime representative heading up DHS.

"If Sheila Jackson Lee becomes the new Homeland Security director, I think it will make us all long for the days of Janet Napolitano, who was certainly one of our more inept directors,” he tells OneNewsNow. “... We don't think [she] is going to be any better. She's ‘F-minus’ rated from Gun Owners of America."

Pratt also fears Jackson Lee would politicize the DHS even more than did Napolitano.

"[Jackson Lee thinks] one of the top pressing issues of our time ... is the group NOAA, which takes part in naming hurricanes,” he explains. “She thinks that they're racist because they don't use black-sounding names like ‘D’Shaun’ and ‘Keisha’ and ‘Jamal’ and names like that."

The GOA spokesman says just because Jackson Lee serves on the Homeland Security Committee in the House does not mean she is qualified to be Homeland Security secretary.

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