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Hurricane Katrina / Blame / Brown Testimony / Political Appointments #804160

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 27, 2005
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The testimony at Congressional hearings from former FEMA director Michael Brown, who was initially in charge of relief after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf coast, featured; details given of his blaming of state & local officials. [In response to questions from Representative Christopher Shays, BROWN - lists who he contacted at the White House about the hurricane issue; outlines how he coordinated the evacuation; says his biggest mistake was not recognizing Louisiana was dysfunctional.] The response from Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco to Brown's accusations quoted. Report introduced.

(Washington: Candy Crowley) Political appointments for government jobs examined. [Senator Harry REID - says we have an aura of cronyism.] [New York University Paul LIGHT†- lists some of the titles in the "Policy & Supporting Positions" book; assesses President Bush's use of political appointments as an extension of his own belief system.] [Center for Responsible Politics Larry NOBLE†- says these jobs are the spoils of the elections & get around civil service requirements.] The appointment of chief procurement officer David Savabian‡, who has been charged with obstruction & lying in a criminal investigation, cited as an example of a bad appointment.

Brown, Aaron;
Crowley, Candy

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