Daily Archives: Nov. 23, 2012

Kansas delegation members opposing Rice

Kansas Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita; Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler; and Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka; were among the 97 House Republicans who signed a letter to President Obama opposing “any efforts to nominate Ambassador Susan Rice for the position of secretary of state.” The lawmakers contend that Rice’s public comments after the attack in Benghazi “either willfully or incompetently misled the American public.” However, intelligence officials have said that Rice relied on information provided to her by the CIA and other intelligence agencies. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus charge that some of the GOP criticism of Rice smacks of sexism and racism.

Treasury Secretary Bair?

With Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner on the way out of President Obama’s Cabinet, one of the names being mentioned is that of Republican and former Kansan Sheila Bair. “The former chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is a fearless, intelligent reformer who already knows how banking regulation works – and how it can be simplified and strengthened,” wrote Forbes contributor John Wasik. Because Wall Street would lobby against her, Wasik doubts Obama would nominate her or the Senate would go along if he did. But “Sheila Bair would not only be the new sheriff in town, she could help prevent a second round of what is the biggest swindle in human history. She’s one of the few people in Washington who could take the bull by the horns,” Wasik concluded.