Janet Napolitano Bails From Homeland Security

Former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano is bailing out of the Obama administration.

Napolitano announced today that she's stepping down as Homeland Security secretary and will move on to a new job -- president of the University of California.

After leaving Arizona with Jan Brewer, you'd think it would've been a nice gesture to stay for the whole administration -- especially when Brewer's talking about running for an unconstitutional third term.

Here's Napolitano's announcement, from DHS:

"For more than four years I have had the privilege of serving President Obama and his Administration as the Secretary of Homeland Security. The opportunity to work with the dedicated men and women of the Department of Homeland Security, who serve on the frontlines of our nation's efforts to protect our communities and families from harm, has been the highlight of my professional career. We have worked together to minimize threats of all kinds to the American public. The Department has improved the safety of travelers; implemented smart steps that make our immigration system more fair and focused while deploying record resources to protect our nation's borders; worked with states to build resiliency and make our nation's emergency and disaster response capabilities more robust; and partnered with the private sector to improve our cybersecurity. After four plus years of focusing on these challenges, I will be nominated as the next President of the University of California to play a role in educating our nation's next generation of leaders. I thank President Obama for the chance to serve our nation during this important chapter in our history, and I know the Department of Homeland Security will continue to perform its important duties with the honor and focus that the American public expects."
The current president of the University of California, Mark Yudof, announced at the beginning of the year that he'd be stepping down from that post, citing a "spate of taxing health issues" in the preceding 18 months.

Earlier this year, the Washington Post reported that Napolitano was "quietly making it known" that she was considering a run for president, and the paper suggested that the chances increase if Hillary Clinton doesn't run.

In a statement from the White House, President Obama says Napolitano "has led my administration's effort to secure our borders, deploying a historic number of resources, while also taking steps to make our immigration system fairer and more consistent with our values."

"And the American people are safer and more secure thanks to Janet's leadership in protecting our homeland against terrorist attacks," the statement says.

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