President Barack Obama thinks Ray Kelly has done an “extraordinary job” as New York’s police commissioner, and would consider him as a candidate to replace departing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, he said Tuesday.
Obama told Univision’s New York affiliate that he plans to put together a group of “strong candidates” for the job and that Kelly would be one if he’s interested in leaving his current position. “Mr. Kelly might be very happy where he is, but if he’s not I’d want to know about it, because obviously he’d be very well qualified for the job,” the president said.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he called Denis McDonough soon after Napolitano announced her departure on Friday. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) also voiced his support for Kelly.
The comments came in one of four interviews Obama conducted Tuesday with local Spanish-language reporters.