Controversial Napolitano coming to UC system

July 12, 2013

By Katy Grimes

Janet Napolitano Center for American ProgressFromFlickr

A startling announcement early this morning caught many Californians off guard: Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano is resigning and moving to California to head the University of California system.

This is a real eyebrow-raiser, and just more proof that everything in California is political, including our college system.

UC regents obviously made this decision behind closed doors.

Some say Napolitano’s career with the Obama administration has run its course, particularly given her lack of success with always contentious immigration issues.  And where does a career politician go when that career has run its course? Right to California to become the first female president of the already broken University of California system.

There is the possibility the UC system job is an entre for Napolitano into California politics. She may even be eyeing U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein’s senate seat.

“I’m not sure if this counts as failing sideways or downwards, but Janet Napolitano, best known for implementing a wholly imaginary form of homeland security, is retiring to pursue her love of overseeing completely dysfunctional organizations,” Daniel Greenfield with Front Page magazine reported.

Napolitano certainly cannot be considered successful at Homeland Security, given the recent terrorism activities in the Boston Marathon bombing by the Tsarnaev brothers.

The decision

“’While some may consider her to be an unconventional choice, Secretary Napolitano is without a doubt the right person at the right time to lead this incredible university,” Sherry Lansing, the regent and former film industry executive who headed the search committee, said in a statement being released Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

“In an era of tight budgets, public universities are seeking leaders who can bargain as peers with governors and legislators and also impress alumni and parents,” the Times said. “Napolitano will deal with Gov. Jerry Brown, who is a UC regent and has been pressing UC to move more quickly into online education and to improve graduation rates.”

Not everyone is happy with this decision. “It’s disappointing to see an individual with such a poor record on civil liberties and government transparency selected to run the University of California,” former California Senator and now  Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-CA, said. “University of California students can look forward to the same authoritarian management style Secretary Napolitano brought to the Department of Homeland Security, hardly a bastion of free speech and open government. While I am pleased to see her leave Homeland Security, Napolitano’s views are entirely incompatible with the UC system’s history of civil liberties and the decision to appoint her is perplexing,” according to the Sacramento Bee.

Who is Janet Napolitano?

Napolitano is a pro-choice, centrist Democrat, according to her bio on U.S. Liberals. She was born in New York City and grew up in Pittsburgh, Penn., and Albuquerque, N.M. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

Prior to her political positions, Napolitano was best known for representing law Professor Anita Hill in her 1991 testimony against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Hill accused Thomas of sexual harassment while she worked for him at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. However, Hill and feminist allies were not able to prevent Thomas from being confirmed to the Court.

“As columnist Stephen Chapman wrote in the Chicago Tribune at the time of the hearings: ‘. . . to believe Hill, we have to believe that someone who had been the soul of probity suddenly, on her arrival, became a sexual thug — and then, the moment she left, wholly reverted to his saintly self, never to transgress again,'” as quoted by David Brock in The Other Anita Hill. Anita Hill remains Thomas’s lone accuser.

Two years later, President Bill Clinton named Napolitano as U.S. attorney in Arizona. She was elected the state’s first female attorney general in 1998, and in 2002 she was elected Arizona governor.

Napolitano was still in her second term as Governor when President Obama nominated her to be the third Secretary of the Homeland Security Department in 2009.

Janet Napolitano was reportedly considered by Democrat John Kerry to be his 2004 running mate for the White House.

Education issues

In a 2006 interview, she stated, “I believe firmly that education is the gateway to prosperity. That’s why we’ve worked hard to implement voluntary full-day kindergarten statewide, and to support our teachers with a historic pay raise and training.”

Napolitano’s father, Leonard Napolitano, is the former dean of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, an important connection for the UC system, according to some reports.

“Napolitano’s new job, like her old job, will require her to do nothing while pretending to be doing something,” Frontpage magazine‘s Greenfield said. “No wonder she’s qualified for it.”


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  1. Chuck
    Chuck 12 July, 2013, 15:10

    Maybe UC should have checked with Arizona about how she screwed up their school system.

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  2. us citizen
    us citizen 12 July, 2013, 15:54

    OMG, I going to puke!

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  3. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 12 July, 2013, 17:56

    she is an idiot, and would be unemployable if not for her appointed government workfare jobs….

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  4. J CHUNG
    J CHUNG 12 July, 2013, 19:15

    I am a UC ALUMNI…THIS IS ALARMING and I am disturbed, disgusted, disappointed, disbelief, …of this “decision” to nominate Napolietano as UC President. Guess this makes things easy…and solidify that I will not encourage or wish my 2 kids will attend UC colleges.

    GO TEXAS A&M!!!!! GO HILLSDALE College

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  5. Queeg
    Queeg 12 July, 2013, 19:33

    Alas! A deer in the headlights type leader…..hold on….something is wrong in Uhaul’s office…..the air is being sucked out!

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  6. Donkey
    Donkey 13 July, 2013, 06:42

    RAGWUS feeders always move from one unaccountable position to another, leaving debt, waste, and stupidity in their wake. 🙂

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  7. Hondo
    Hondo 13 July, 2013, 07:49

    She will be downloading every email, phone call, text message from every student into a gigantic server farm for future blackmail. Kali deserves her.

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  8. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 13 July, 2013, 09:30

    You could only be an “alumni” of the UC if you flunked out in your freshman year, J CHUNG. Your admiration of the Hillsdale nonsense clearly demonstrates your profound lack of critical thinking skill.

    BTW, did you know that the longtime president of Hillsdale, George Roche III, had an lengthy incestuous affair with his own daughter? She shot herself on campus a few years ago after making her father’s actions known.

    Perfect place for incestuous neocons.

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  9. Queeg
    Queeg 13 July, 2013, 14:27

    Fools….nothing you can do about it… your taxes and stop moaning!

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  10. ECK
    ECK 14 July, 2013, 19:46

    Skippy. Keep your racial hatred out of this. Crawl back into your hole. Try to make intelligent comments on the subject of the article instead. Oh…never mind, you’re just a shill.

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  11. ECK
    ECK 14 July, 2013, 19:57

    More politically connected, complete zeros, coming to us at our taxpayers expense.

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  12. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 14 July, 2013, 20:05

    Skippy forget the slasher posts….your getting to him…..his unbalanced side is pitifully showing..go easy!

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  13. skippingdog
    skippingdog 14 July, 2013, 23:23

    I just love seeing ECK get wrapped around the axle. Are you one of those incestuous neocons, ECK?

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  14. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 18 July, 2013, 18:54

    UC Regents approved a $570,000 salary for Janet Napolitano today but were unable to vote on her nomination as UC president because protestors disrupted the meeting in San Francisco. Is anybody listening? No one wants her as UC President, much less to receive such a significant raise. She’s another failed government hack.


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