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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, Former Mississippi Governor, to Lead Gulf Cleanup

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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, the man chosen by President Barack Obama to lead the long-term cleanup and restoration of the Gulf of Mexico, is a former governor of Mississippi who served alongside Bill Clinton and was once seen as the "face of the New South" -- a young, moderate Democrat making a mark in a deep Southern state.

At 39, Mabus was the youngest governor in the nation when elected in 1988 while Clinton was governor of Arkansas. He lost a bid for re-election but President Clinton appointed him ambassador to Saudi Arabia in 1994. A graduate of Ole Miss, Mabus also has a master's from Johns Hopkins and a law degree from Harvard -- impressive credentials. But he has his work cut out for him now. Details are sketchy, but Obama said in his speech Tuesday night that he was committed to a "long-term plan to restore the unique bounty and beauty of the region."

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus

Hurricane Katrina, as Obama pointed out, was only the "latest blow" to the Louisiana coast, which has lost wetlands to environmental degradation at an alarming rate for decades. In announcing Mabus' appointment, the White House said he would "develop a long-term Gulf Coast Restoration Plan -- designed by states, local communities, tribes , fishermen, businesses, conservationists and other Gulf residents."

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$20 Billion Fund for the Gulf Region

Can you just imagine the LONG lines of people...many justifiably and many not justifiably...signing up to get money from the fund..!

June 16 2010 at 4:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

sounds like a good man for the job, provided politics don't get in the way, and the give hime the support he will need to get the job done right, and of course co-operation from the right people, I wish him all the luck in the world in tyrying to clean up this mess

June 16 2010 at 10:39 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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