Schumer recommends NYPD's Ray Kelly to replace Napolitano

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is recommending President Obama pick New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly to succeed Janet Napolitano as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

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"The Department of Homeland Security is one of the most important agencies in the federal government. It’s leader needs to be someone who knows law enforcement, understands anti-terrorism efforts, and is a top-notch administrator, and at the NYPD, Ray Kelly has proven that he excels in all three," Schumer said in a statement on Friday 

"As a former head of the Customs and Border patrol, he has top-level federal management experience," Schumer continued. "There is no doubt Ray Kelly would be a great DHS Secretary, and I have urged the White House to very seriously consider his candidacy."

Schumer contacted White House chief of staff Denis McDonough to recommend Kelly.

Schumer's recommendation came a few hours after Napolitano announced that she planned to resign as secretary to become president of the University of California system.

The senior senator from New York also praised Napolitano's tenure.

"Janet Napolitano has done an outstanding job, and if I had to give her a grade on her tenure, it would be ‘A+.’  We need someone just as good who can fill her shoes," Schumer said.