Still Playing Politics with FEMA!?
Sweet Jeebus, they just never quit, do they?
Brock Bierman, a former Cranston legislator and Republican Party operative, is now a Federal Emergency Management Agency official charged with helping small states — from Wyoming to Rhode Island — cope with Katrina-size disasters.
For the last several years, Bierman has been busy parachuting into close election campaigns to turn out votes for President Bush and other Republicans, including then-U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee’s unsuccessful 2006 reelection bid.
While Bierman has been a loyal Republican, he has no background as a police or fire professional, or in emergency management or homeland security. That has raised concerns for Rhode Island U.S. Rep. James Langevin, a Warwick Democrat who sits on the House Select Committee on Homeland Security.
“I do know Brock Bierman. I appreciate his service to Rhode Island. He’s a nice guy,” Langevin said yesterday. “But I am concerned that FEMA hasn’t learned the lessons of the Mike Brown situation.”
Langevin said he wasn’t judging whether Bierman should have been hired. However, “when I see appointments being made with strong political ties, that concerns me,” Langevin said. “If they’re going to work for FEMA, I would expect to see individuals in those positions with emergency responder, emergency management experience.”