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Is your local FEMA director competent or a political hack?

The Seattle Times reports that "Local FEMA chief had little disaster experience". While I'm not expecting much, due to partisanship perhaps they'll shine a similar light on the FEMA directors and staff in their areas. From the article:

John Pennington, the official in charge of federal disaster response in the Northwest, was a four-term Republican state representative who ran a mom-and-pop coffee company in Cowlitz County when then-Congresswoman Jennifer Dunn helped him get his federal post.
Before he was appointed regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Pennington got a degree from a correspondence school that government investigators later described as a "diploma mill."
Pennington, 38, says he worked for his degree and he is qualified for the FEMA job...

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