|Pop Culture Gadabout|
Sunday, November 30, 2008 |
( 11/30/2008 03:56:00 PM ) Bill S.
MOVIN' ON UP: As a current Arizonan, I've been largely dreading the news that our governor Janet Napolitano will be stepping into the position of Secretary of Homeland Security in the Obama cabinet. Because AZ has no Lieutenant Governor position, the liberal Democrat will be replaced by Secretary of State Jan Brewer, a conservative Republican with a lousy track record in the area of social services and child welfare. Napolitano, who has served as a reasonable check on many of the state Republican-controlled House and Senate excesses, will be handing over the reins to a woman who won't be showing the same restraint. While there's no doubt that Napolitano, an early Obama supporter from a state that shares a border with Mexico, is a reasonable choice for the position, her departure doesn't bode well for those of us in the state with a strong interest in social services. So what looks like an okay move on the national level, also looks like it'll be bad news for my new home state . . .