Michael ‘Heckuva job’ Brown urges Republicans to ‘calm down’

August 23, 2012

Michael D. Brown, the former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is urging his fellow Republicans to “calm down” ahead of next week’s convention in Tampa, which may coincide with the arrival of Hurricane Isaac.

“The hyperbole of this thing is out of control,” Brown tells The Daily Caller in an interview posted Thursday.

Tampa city leaders suggested in interviews Wednesday that the convention might need to be postponed because of the approaching storm, but have since backed away from those comments.

“From the things I’ve heard from people in D.C., I think the party is doing the right thing,” Brown told TheDC. “I don’t have a gauge on whether the city is doing the right thing, because all I’m hearing is the mayor talking about rescheduling.”

Brown led FEMA from 2003 to 2005 and departed weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast region -- but not before President George W. Bush proclaimed, “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” The compliment rang hollow for hurricane victims and other Americans infuriated by the prolonged federal response to the storm.

Reached Thursday, Brown told the Post that he’s not planning on being in Tampa next week – despite his ties to the GOP and his gig as a Denver-area radio talk show host.

“We just moved the radio program to drive time and so staying in Denver next week,” Brown said in an e-mail. “Besides, kinda' been there, done that!”

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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