A Person Who Deserves Serious Consideration:
Very strong as impeachment manager
African American woman
Lives in a swing state (Florida)
Devoted to the law**
Eloquent cop/public link: former police chief
Modest beginnings—parents: maid, janitor
Innovator—programs for at-risk kids
Notable 40% drop in violent crime
Graduate in criminology; Masters Public Admin
Serves on Homeland Security, Judiciary Committees
…soft-spoken, straightforward, and rides a Harley!
Note: I have followed Congresswoman Val Demings with interest since watching her impressive performance during the impeachment hearings. She was thoughtful, measured, and a steely tough but polite questioner.
Though I wish she had more international experience, in view of what our current turmoil has revealed about our urgent societal needs, I’ve been wondering if this former police chief might be the perfect candidate for VP.
When I read her recent Washington Post Op-Ed, “My fellow brothers and sisters in blue, what the hell are you doing?,” from which I quoted in an earlier post, I was further convinced that she’s quite special.
Here’s her conclusion:
“Everyone wants to live in safer communities and to support law enforcement and the tough job they do every day. But this can’t go on. The senseless deaths of America’s sons and daughters — particularly African American men — is a stain on our country. Let’s work to remove it.
“We have got to get this one right. Our communities, good police officers and generations yet to come deserve it.”
Here are a few of the comments she made about President Trump’s behavior before and during the impeachment hearings.
Last December, she tweeted the following:
**“I am a descendant of slaves, who knew that they would not make it, but dreamed and prayed that one day I would make it. So despite America’s complicated history, my faith is in the Constitution. I’ve enforced the laws, and now I write the laws. Nobody is above the law.”
She said this during the hearings to explain the importance of the process:
“This moment is about ensuring that every voter, whether a maid or janitor, whether a nurse, a teacher, or a truck driver, whether a doctor or a mechanic, that their vote matters and that American elections are decided by the American people.”
And then I saw this on Twitter from Dave Wasserman of The Cook Political Report:
“A few days ago, I asked a high-ranking R [Republican] whom Biden would be wise to pick as VP.”
Answer: “A black woman who grew up poor, rose from beat cop to police chief, comes from a swing state and rides a Harley? That’s a profile I’d be scared to run against right now if I were Trump.”
What do you think?