January 23, 2007
Reported by Associated Press
Governor Kathleen Blanco is calling on Congress to create a bipartisan commission to see if Republican Party politics factored in the federal response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Blanco's call comes just days after former FEMA Director Michael Brown said the White House considered politics while planning to deal with Hurricane Katrina.
Brown said last week that the White House was considering federalizing Louisiana because Blanco was a Democrat. He says similar measures were not considered for Mississippi, because its governor, Haley Barbour, is a Republican.
Brown wouldn't name who made those comments.
Blanco and U-S Senator Mary Landrieu have complained about recent federal funding allocations to the state.