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Jane Harmon to Resign from Congress

02/07/2011

Today word leaked out that Congresswoman Jane Harmon (D-CA) will be resigning her seat to become the next president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Running the  Wilson Center is a premier foreign policy/national security position in Washington.

The Wilson Center’s gain is a real loss for Congress and the American people.  Harmon is one of the few Democrats in Congress who has a deep understanding of the architecture of national security intelligence and knows a lot about the technical dimensions of satellites.

In my opinion, Pelosi’s failure to appoint Harmon Chair of the House Intelligence Committee speaks volumes about the politics of personalities rather than substance as Harmon’s knowledge in that area far surpassed anyone else’s background.

Congratulations Jane (who happens to be my Congresswoman). The Wilson Center’s gain is our loss.

 

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