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2007/1/20

Michael Brown: Politics Played Role in White House Response To Katrina

@ 09:58 PM (88 months, 4 days ago)

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown says that politics played a role in the decisions coming from the White House regarding the response to Hurricane Katrina.

During a lecture in New York, Brown revealed that he recommended to the White House that they federalize ALL areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, as doing so would allow the federal government to be in control of all agencies responding to the disaster.

But Brown says the White House resisted his call to federalize all areas affected by the hurricane.  According to Brown, one person inside the White House said that only Louisiana should be federalized, because Governor Kathleen Blanco is "a white, female Democratic governor and we have a chance to rub her nose in it."

Former FEMA head Brown says party politics played role in Katrina response