House Intelligence Committee Democrat Supporting Hayden

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) spoke favorably of General Michael Hayden, the President's nominee to replace former CIA director Porter Goss.
President Bush has nominated a strong and proven leader in General Michael Hayden," said Reyes. "Hayden has extensive experience in the field both as a collector and user of intelligence, knows the inner workings of the U.S. intelligence community, and is trusted and admired in Congress.

Now more than ever, the CIA needs a strong, capable leader, and there will be certain steps the next CIA Director must take to restore morale, focus, and esprit de corps in the agency. As a general, Hayden has demonstrated the skills to facilitate these steps.