Flaking Out

by Robert Costa

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will not run for Senate:

Remember all that talk over the past week that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was thinking of running next year for the open Senate seat in her home state of Arizona?

Well, you can forget about it. The former Democratic governor of Arizona’s apparently not interested. “Secretary Napolitano told senior Democratic Party leaders earlier this week that she will not seek Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat in 2012. She cares deeply about Arizona, but the Secretary intends to continue doing the job that the President asked her to do – protecting the American people from terrorism and other threats to our country,” says DHS Spokesman Sean Smith, in a statement Friday. “She’s focused on continuing to strengthen our counter-terrorism initiatives, border security, immigration enforcement, transportation and cyber security, and disaster preparedness.”