The Case for Vice President Janet Napolitano

From University of California

With Joe Biden expected to announce his Vice Presidential Nominee next week, a name that had surfaced in the spring through various media outlets such as the Atlantic has come up again in an article in Vox Media:

Former Arizona Governor and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

It is actually wrong that this writer did not include her in the last piece on potential Vice Presidential Candidates.

Napolitano would definitely be an informed and wise pick for Joe Biden. She has:

  • Domestic Policy and Governing experience as a twice-elected Governor of Arizona with a strong pragmatic progressive record.
  • National Security experience as Barack Obama’s first Homeland Security Secretary.
  • A former Arizona Attorney General.
  • A President of the University of California University System (a post she just left.)

If selected as Bidens Vice Presidential Nominee, she would be a skilled campaigner, an experienced and knowledgable debater against Mike Pence, and more importantly, ready to be President on Day One.

She would also probably bring Arizona into the Democratic orbit and solidify the rest of the Southwest for the Biden Campaign.

Voters will know next week who Joe Biden wants to be the next person a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

Janet Napolitano would be a wise choice.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.


  1. She is very capable and qualified. The UC job was extremely complex and in California with numerous campuses and tons of interest groups clamoring for their issues to be upfront its an almost impossible job, but she did well with some bumps. She did have a tough bout with cancer. I remember the night Obama was first elected, sitting with some Democratic big hitters. There was tons of speculation at the event I was at, about Janet going to Washington, possibly as AG or some other cabinet post. I said we would be left in the lurch in Arizona, without a Democratic governor, to veto the worst of the Republican legislature’s nonsense. They said, would YOU rather go to Washington to serve the nation, or stay here and joust with the likes of Bowers, Biggs, and the rest if the band of lunatics in the legislature. They had a point, but we got Brewer, not a good tradeoff. Janet would be good, but I doubt it will happen.

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