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July 12, 2013 - 7:22 am

The Los Angeles Times reports that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will resign today.

Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, is being named as the next president of the University of California system, in an unusual choice that brings a national-level politician to a position usually held by an academic, the Times has learned. Her appointment also means the 10-campus system will be headed by a woman for the first time in its 145-year history.

Napolitano’s nomination by a committee of UC regents came after a secretive process that insiders said focused on her early as a high-profile, although untraditional, candidate who has led large public agencies and shown a strong interest in improving education.

UC officials believe that her Cabinet experiences –- which include helping to lead responses to hurricanes and tornadoes and overseeing some anti-terrorism measures — will help UC administer its federal energy and nuclear weapons labs and aid its federally funded research in medicine and other areas.

Another back-room deal to grant an incompetent official a golden parachute…?

Napolitano’s tenure at Homeland Security has been marred by scandal and dishonesty. Napolitano infamously declared that the porous U.S.-Mexico border is “as secure as it has ever been,” using bogus statistics to make her case. Democrats and Republicans alike have called for her resignation for years, over issues ranging from border security to terrorism. In 2009, her DHS released a report that depicted conservative political activists and war veterans as potential terrorist threats. In September 2012, a pair of Napolitano’s hand-picked executives at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau resigned amid a sex scandal. Napolitano infamously laughed at Texas Gov. Rick Perry when he requested more help to secure the Texas-Mexico border, and downgraded Islamist terrorism as “man-caused disasters.”

More: If she is indeed resigning, Napolitano’s departure comes when immigration is among the hottest topics in Washington. Her departure would trigger a congressional fight over whomever Obama chooses as her successor. The person Obama nominates is almost guaranteed to have more credibility on border issues than Napolitano, who has been consistently hostile to border state attempts to control the border.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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it actually makes sense that Napolitano should head up the UC system. a quarter of it's enrollment came over the border on her watch.
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Napolitano is merely the symptom. The cancer is this socialist administration.
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Good riddance to the person who has been responsible for continued illegal immigration and the erosion of liberty for American citizens. She will fit in perfectly at her new job in Mexifornia.
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Great, just great... Higher education in California is already a disaster, and now Janet Incompetano is moving here to fix things up. Apparently Joe Biden gave an interview in which he claimed the Department of Homeland Security is "crawling with lesbians." Well, she'll be right at home on the U.C. Berkeley campus. ... Why does this stuff always end up in my back yard? Literally...
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Politicians of ALL stripes don't function, operate in reality. This is disgustingly not surprising.

If ANY of us private sector types had spoken, acted upon or laid down initiatives, innuendo like she has we'd have been at the very least canned, possibly flogged from our job(s). Rightly so!

Big Sis is going from thee entity where one supposedly 'works for the people' though she's proven she NEVER has.

Where coming in/ under budget and finishing proposed projects in the allotted time NEVER occurs.

Again there are NO repercussions, results of said constant incompetency.

Now, now she heads off to yet another like-minded outfit where Illiberal unionista's rule the roost.

This woman's an f'in disgrace. No doubt about it. Though sadly she's where she is by lobotomy-like minded voters and those who ignorantly, passively look elsewhere.
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Yeah, but what is the University of California going to do with a billion rounds of hollow-point ammo?
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Good riddance.
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Well she should fit right in with the fruits and nuts out there.
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Bill Ayers will replace her. That sounds about right.
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Resigning on a Friday? Check.

So ... What's the scandal?
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Maybe Napolitano's departure has something to do with Joe Biden telling CBS This Morning the Department of Homeland Security is "crawling with lesbians." http://www.thedailyrash.com/biden-says-department-of-homeland-security-crawling-with-lesbians
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