Janet Napolitano No-Go on Senate Run; Wants to Focus on Border Security

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Janet Napolitano says she's more interested in "protecting the American people from terrorism" than running for Senate.
Former Arizona governor and current Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced today that she will not seek the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jon Kyl.

Napolitano is the latest politico to announce she won't be running. Congressmen Ben Quayle, and Raul Grijalva, as well as former Congressman John Shadegg, have all ruled out a potential Senate bid. Former Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Jim Pederson, who ran against Kyl in 2006, has also said he won't pursue the seat.

In a statement, Napolitano spokesman Sean Smith says the former governor is more interested in staying in her current gig.

"Secretary Napolitano told senior Democratic Party leaders earlier this week that she will not seek Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat in 2012. She cares deeply about Arizona, but the Secretary intends to continue doing the job that the President asked her to do - protecting the American people from terrorism and other threats to our country. She's focused on continuing to strengthen our counter-terrorism initiatives, border security, immigration enforcement, transportation and cyber security, and disaster preparedness."

Napolitano has been considered a favorite within the Democratic Party to run for the open seat. Another favorite is Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who continues to recover in a Houston hospital after being shot "though the brain" during the January 8, shooting rampage in Tucson.

Whether Giffords will even be able to mount a Senate campaign is unclear.

Whomever the Democrats choose will likely face Congressman Jeff Flake, who announced his candidacy earlier this week, and is considered a strong GOP candidate, despite some of his more centrist leanings.


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Sunshine43
Sunshine43

And what a joke that is..................she(?) knows she wouldn't win. 

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"Things to do..." should at least get his facts straight while he apparently seeks to malign a hardworking nationally successful Correction professional, Dora Schriro. Ms. Schriro is now Commissioner of the NYC Department of Correction, a position to which she was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg in 2009 -- a New York City and not federal position.

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Ms Info

I'd love to see the New Times put up a graphic of all the high profile Democrats that are supposedly "considering" a run for that Senate seat, updated with a strike-through every time one of them chickens out until we get down to the inevitable point when all of them have declined and there is but one person left. That guy's announcement will be met with a collective "Who?!?" from the bemused but unsurprised voters of this state.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Janet's position as Minister of Fatherland Security is not one that can be refused to be taken nor is it one that she can choose to leave. Those in politics do what they are told to do. Nothing in politics happens by accident and that includes domestic and world affairs. Those who think otherwise live in slumberland. Republicans and Democrats play their roles on stage and are working together towards the same goal. Corruption is a benefit for those who assume their role. The people are used as a resource and are continuallly targeted to produce the energies of pain and fear. They feel the increasing pressure of having to live with lower paying slave wages while their psuedo masters reap the rewards of obedience to their true master of which many of them are unaware. Continue to spew your ignorance and defecation which you call thought. You will not listen nor will you seek the knowledge which can set you free. You are in the play because you choose to sleep rather than watch and learn. There are no terrorists except those who are created by the powers that be. The more you speak of your opinions and ideas, the more you show your ignorance. Your shouts are that of animals demanding their slop and pens. Continue to write such fascinating "stories" because that's all they are. Don't you know what a "story" is?

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Things to do on a D.C.vacation

I agree with "vic", you'd have to be smokin some bad dope to want to come back to this loony-ass state once you've busted a move. And besides Napolitano has other priorities, I'm sure. Her post as one of the more powerful federal coppers in USA will likely outlive the one-term Obama Administration, and even though the Hater Republicans are a guaranteed win in 2012 (unless the world ends first... haha) old Janny-poo will probably keep her fancy job.No doubt, so will her lifelong best friend, Dora Schriro, whose "close" friendship with Janet has gotten her work as director of A.D.O.C. ($128,000.00 a year), and now, a cushy fed. gov. job.Good for you, Janet... In world where people shit on each other every chance they get, you are a good friend, and not even the "Haters" can take that from you.And I wish her success.This is in spite of the obvious fact that border security is not now any big worry more than it ever was in the past. But all things being equal, the D.C. kids will at least put on a brave show of force at the borderline.Don't cry, tweakers, your Meth supply train is safe and will stay that way. $40,000,000,000.00 a year is an awful lot of revenue to say "no" to. And ten years from now, our 90 year old topcop, Sheriff Jose, will still be raiding the car washes, huntin' down those pesky illegal Mexicans.Ahh, America... Ain't freedom fun ???

vic
vic

No surprise here. No way does she want anything to do with this wacky state,who can blame her.

Smh6669
Smh6669

What you have stated here is quite chilling, Walter.Unfortunately... I agree with you.

Tony
Tony

I guess the world is going to end. We all better make this final years count.

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Chicken Little Was An Ass

Well, Tony, from what I've been able to determine from all of the research I have done on this "Y2K" sequel is this: Your world will end on the day you draw your last breath.And by the way... one of the BS stories is the renegade planet X is to collide with Earth... Boom, Boom, Kaboom !!! Supposedly you should be able to see this wayward planet, with the stupidly overlong orbit of 5,125 years, with the naked eye by this coming spring. So, if that doesn't happen, as proposed, by, say May 1st., you can cross off one non-sense end-of-the-world story.But just in case I'm wrong, I hope everyone will stock up on extra toilet paper, cup of noodles soups and Pepsi products. You should also buy some gold for the future years. Does anyone know how to make change for a Krugerrand ?????????

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