Ridge Is Out
Just off the wire: Ridge Resigns Homeland Security Post.
Tom Ridge, named the nation’s first homeland security secretary after the Sept. 11 attacks, announced Tuesday that he is resigning after three years of reworking American security and presiding over color-coded terror alerts. He’s the seventh Bush Cabinet officer leaving so far.
Ridge presided over the most significant government reorganization in 50 years. He’ll be remembered for his terror alerts and tutorials about how to prepare for possible attacks, including the controversial “disaster kits” that caused last year’s run on duct tape and plastic sheeting.
About time this nozzle sought new opportunities. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out, there, buddy.