Political Notebook: Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Divaness?

2009-06-06T00:00:00Z Political Notebook: Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Divaness?By Daniel Scarpinato Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

It’s hard to tell from Janet Napolitano’s first two visits to Arizona whether she realizes she’s Secretary of Homeland Security — or if the former Arizona governor is operating under the assumption that she’s been elected president of the United States.

Back in April, when Janet visited Nogales, the media in her former homestate was required to arrive hours before the time of the press conference, submit to security sweeps and was corraled behind gates, limiting any interaction.

A short press conference followed.

During her latest visit this week to Tucson — her bastion of support when she was governor, the security sweep and gates were part of the program again, and the media was required to arrive at 8:45 a.m. for a press conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

And after keeping everybody “cooling their heels” for a couple of hours, Her Majesty arrived 15 minutes late, keeping not just the media, but several officials waiting requesting water bottles to deal with the blazing sun.

When former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff made his final visit to Tucson last November there was significantly less hoopla — with media asked to arrive only about a half hour early.

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