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Janet Napolitano: Leaving After First Term Is 'Certainly in My Mind

"I don't know if or when."

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano won't say if she'll stay on in her role should President Obama win a second term, she told the Arizona Republic in an interview this week.

When asked if she considered coming home to Arizona (where she used to be governor), she responded, "It's certainly in my mind."

"I don't know if or when. ... But I left a lot of my stuff in Arizona. And I'm still a registered voter there," she added.

And just to make it clear that Napolitano seems to be waffling, the Republic added this paragraph regarding its 30-minute interview with the secretary:

It's not clear whether her boxes will come out of storage anytime soon. If President Barack Obama wins a second term, most Washington observers believe he will ask Napolitano to stay on as head of the government's third-largest department. For now, Napolitano won't say what her answer would be. [Emphasis added]

Napolitano's comments come on the heels of a lawsuit filed against her department (and specifically U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) that alleges a culture that discriminated against men. In fact, another affidavit has been filed in that case alleging sexual harassment.

(H/T: Joe Pags)

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