Saturday, September 03, 2005

Omigod Brown Really Is A Screwup

When we nominated FEMA director Michael D. Brown as Goldberg77 Screwing America #1, we did it based on his obvious lack of qualification for this crucial post. Little did we know, dear reader, that the horse people didn't even trust him with animals.
Read from Josh Marshall and
weep.
Earlier we asked who would track down the story about FEMA Chief Michael Brown's apparent firing from his last pre-FEMA employment.


The Boston Herald is on the case. The lede from this morning's piece by Brett Arends ...


The federal official in charge of the bungled New Orleans rescue was fired from his last private-sector job overseeing horse shows.


And before joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a deputy director in 2001, GOP activist Mike Brown had no significant experience that would have qualified him for the position.


The Oklahoman got the job through an old college friend who at the time was heading up FEMA.


The agency, run by Brown since 2003, is now at the center of a growing fury over the handling of the New Orleans disaster.


A bit further down, there's this ...


Brown was forced out of the position after a spate of lawsuits over alleged supervision failures.


``He was asked to resign,'' Bill Pennington, president of the IAHA at the time, confirmed last night.


Soon after, Brown was invited to join the administration by his old Oklahoma college roommate Joseph Allbaugh, the previous head of FEMA until he quit in 2003 to work for the president's re-election campaign.


Takes your breath away, doesn't it?

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