Bringing on Bernie


Geraldine Sealey
December 3, 2004 10:04PM (UTC)

There's lot of glowing admiration today from the Bush administration for the president's choice to replace Tom Ridge at Homeland Security: Former NYPD chief and 9/11 figure Bernard Kerik. But here is, shall we say, a differing opinion from Newsday columnist Ellis Henican: "Let this be a warning from someone who's followed the man's ladder-climbing career: He's a personal and professional time bomb the Bushies will learn to regret. Don't say I didn't warn you, guys!"

"That's certainly the message that smart law-enforcement professionals in New York were exchanging yesterday, as they shook their heads in disbelief at Kerik's latest career goal."

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Here's more from Newsday on New Yorkers who are skeptical of Kerik's record:

"Critics of Bernard Kerik -- and there still are a number in city law enforcement circles -- said privately Thursday that any valid U.S. Senate confirmation process would have to turn an especially skeptical eye on his legacy here as top jail official until 2000."

"One non-fan, a Correction Department veteran, sarcastically asked if former three-star chief Anthony Serra, who rose up the ranks during Kerik's tenure but is now under indictment for misusing public resources, would become commerce secretary."

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Geraldine Sealey

Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.

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