Bratton to Homeland Security?
The alleged scandals revolving around Kerik range from hiring an illegal alien maid, not paying taxes on her income to selling stock options in a firm doing business with NYPD and more. Some of the more titiliating details involve an alleged affair with conservative book publisher Judith Regan. However, a report on Matt Drudge's website takes those details a step further:
An apartment near the World Trade Center site that former Police Commissioner Bernard B. Kerik used to engage in an extramarital affair with publisher Judith Regan, was originally donated for the use of weary police and rescue workers who were helping after 9-11! One bedroom faced the pit of ground zero... Regan would visit it while Kerik was police commissioner, meaning between Sept. 11 and Dec. 31, 2001. Kerik refused to answer any questions Tuesday regarding the apt... NYT planning coverage... Developing...In addition to Bratton and Baca, several other interesting possibilities are being floated such as South Bay Congresswoman Jane Harman.
The latest speculation is focusing around former Vice Presidential Candidate and Connecticut Senator, Joe Lieberman as well as current undersecretary Asa Hutchinson. Its more likely that at this point Bush will go with a known quantity, already vetted, such as Liberman or Hutchinson as opposed to an outsider like Bratton, Baca or Harmon. Though Bratton doesn't seem to be as tainted as Kerik or his mentor former Mayor Rudy Giuliaini, he may suffer from guilt by association. Baca and Harmon are not likely to be chosen either.
Bush would have no problem getting Lieberman through the confirmation process as a conservative Democrat respected on both sides of the aisle, but does the Senator want the job? There is really little upside for him as he is slated for an easy re-election in 2006. Hutchinson on the other hand would get strong GOP support, but as one of President Clinton's chief accusers during the impeachment trial, Democrats may want to make hay. Stay tuned.