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Senator Hillary Clinton

Friday, October 21, 2005

Crapping in a hallway with Mike Brown

The Los Angeles Times reports on the testimony of Marty Bahamonde, a FEMA representative actually inside New Orleans when the storm hit. His testimony seems to directly contradictory the testimony that former FEMA head Mike Brown gave to the house panel, and does not paint a pretty picture:
In an Aug. 31 e-mail that Bahamonde sent a co-worker, his frustration with Brown burst through.

Bahamonde had just learned, as he huddled in New Orleans' Superdome with evacuees, that Brown's press secretary was fretting about blocking out time for the director to eat dinner at one of Baton Rouge's busy restaurants that night.

"OH MY GOD!!!!!!!" Bahamonde messaged the co-worker. "I just ate an MRE" -— military rations -— "and crapped in the hallway of the Superdome along with 30,000 other close friends so I understand her concern about busy restaurants."


Brown had testified that Bahamonde sent him a "fairly routine kind of e-mail" the day of the hurricane, describing "general conditions" at the Superdome. Bahamonde also communicated later that day, Brown testified, that the shelter "had plenty of food" for its throngs.

If that is a "fairly routine" kind of message for Mike Brown, I'd hate to see the e-mail he gets in an emergency.