Louisiana’s Paul Rainwater finalist to lead FEMA
Posted on 3/2/2017 3:09:00 AM.

Sources say Louisiana native Paul Rainwater is one of two candidates to become the next director of the Federal Disaster Management Agency. Rainwater has an extensive background when it comes to disaster recovery from his time as a city administrator in Lake Charles to when he was former Governor Bobby Jindal’s Chief of Staff. U.S Senator John Kennedy says Rainwater would be a great choice.

“I’ve known Paul a long time, he’s whip smart, he’s honest. He’s bi-partisan, he’s worked for Democrats and Republicans. He knows recovery like the back of his hand, I don’t think the president can do any better.”

The other candidate is reportedly Mark Merritt, a private consultant from Atlanta. Kennedy says there are still several other positions that have to go through the confirmation process before they get to FEMA. He says this includes the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

“He understands the role of a judge which is to call balls and strikes and not make the law and he likes to fish. So I invited him, after he’s confirmed and gets a little time to come down here to Louisiana and I’ll take him fishing.”

A final decision on who Trump will nominate to direct FEMA may not be made until April or May but Kennedy says until then...

“I’m doing everything I possibly can to convince the White House that Paul Rainwater is the man. He is the man, he’ll be a great FEMA director and it will also be great for Louisiana.”

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