Obama would consider Ray Kelly for Homeland Security Secretary

Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would consider NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Obama told Univision’s New York affiliate he has many “strong candidates” to replace Napolitano, who stepped down last week, but that Kelly has done an “extraordinary job” in his current position.

“Ray Kelly’s obviously done an extraordinary job in New York and the federal government partners a lot with New York,” Obama said, according to The Hill.

“Mr. Kelly might be very happy where he is, but if he’s not I’d want to know about it, because obviously he’d be very well qualified for the job,” Obama said.

Several New York politicians, including Sen. Charles Schumer, have also embraced the idea of Kelly at the helm of Homeland Security.

“The Department of Homeland Security is one of the most important agencies in the federal government,” he said in a statement. “Its leader needs to be someone who knows law enforcement, understands anti-terrorism efforts, and is a top-notch administrator, and at the NYPD, Ray Kelly has proven that he excels in all three.”

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