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New FEMA Administrator — Well, Not So Fast!

Personal indiscretions can come back to haunt you.

Well, my pick for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administrator looks to be, "technically speaking," seeing her nomination going down the tube. I expect within hours that we will hear that, unfortunately, Deanne Criswell, the current person to be nominated by President Biden for FEMA''s top post, has withdrawn herself from consideration. Recall that the Biden goal is to have a totally scandal-free administration!

See the story below from a publication I don't recognize (looks to be very anti-Democrat — but, you know, the truth is the truth). The published letter in the story is pretty damning and likely easily collaborated with travel records (if they still have them) plus the personal testimony of the two parties (husband and wife) confirming a previous adulterous affair. The daughter also sounds like someone who could confirm the phone call she overheard. 

You know, I really liked my two podcast interviews I did with Deanne. She was well spoken and knew her stuff. Now, I'm wondering if she will even keep her New York City Emergency Management commissioner's job. This is a very high-profile position in NYC. 

I learned a big lesson in 1975 when someone told me news I didn't want to believe and I gave a soldier hell (the worst I've ever berated a person) for complaining about his leader — who I respected. Guess what, the soldier was right and I was wrong. If I could find him today (we were standing in the motor pool tool room, 2-41 Infantry, Charlie Company, 2nd Armored Division) — I'd apologize for my behavior. The truth sometimes really hurts. 

Here's the article: "EXCLUSIVE: Biden’s FEMA Pick Had Years Long ‘Illicit Affair’ Funded By Taxpayer Dollars, Former Lover Says."

What lesson(s) might you and I learn from all of the above? No, it is not "don't get caught." 

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.