Thompson denies interest in Homeland Security’s top job

There’s plenty of talk in political circles U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., could be on the list of possible replacements for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Politico has reported the former chairman and now ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee may be among those being considered by President Barack Obama for the appointment to the Cabinet-level post. But Thompson says he has no interest in the job.

“I have no interest in serving as secretary of Homeland Security, nor have I received any communication from the administration regarding my nomination,” Thompson said Monday in a statement to the Sun Herald. “I remain fully committed to serving the people of the Second District as their representative in Congress.”

Other names mentioned in the Politico piece include Transportation Security Administration Chief John Pistole; FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate; New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly; Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and former Senate Homeland Security Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. Former Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen, who lead the responses to Hurricane Katrina and the BP Gulf oil spill of 2010, was also mentioned by Politico.

Sun Herald