Meet Rep. Michael McCaul, the incoming chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Janet Napolitano definitely will.

“Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, the incoming chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is wasting no time with niceties when it comes to the Obama administration, which he says has a disturbing tendency to downplay terrorism.

The 50-year-old Republican, who will take over for Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., has already scheduled a meeting with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and he has a laundry list of complaints – topped by what he considers the Obama administration’s downplaying of terrorism.

“There is definitely an attempt to downgrade the threat by the administration,” McCaul told “They don’t use the ‘T’ word.”

The administration has been criticized for branding the 2009 Fort Hood shootings as “workplace violence,” even though the gunman who killed 13 people, Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, was an Islamic extremist who had been in contact with radical Muslm cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. The administration has also been criticized for downplaying Al Qaeda’s links to the September attack in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.

McCaul charged the Homeland Security Department is “mismanaged, dysfunctional and wasting money,” and he called Napolitano immediately after his appointment to schedule the sit-down next week.

“It’s an important and difficult job to run this department, but I think she can be doing a better job,” McCaul told

A former U.S. attorney and chief of counterterrorism and national security for the Justice Department, McCaul has represented Texas’ 10th Congressional District since 2005. He previously was chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management for the House Homeland Security Committee.

McCaul, the son-in-law of Clear Channel boss Lowry Mays, was named the second-richest member of Congress in 2010 with an estimated net worth of $380 million. He was picked over fellow Republicans Candice Miller of Michigan and Mike Rogers of Alabama to replace King, who was unable because of term limits to keep the chairman seat after holding it seven years.”

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