August 25th, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Wednesday's Most Intriguing People

Former FEMA Director Michael Brown is talking about Hurricane Katrina.

Michael Brown
The former FEMA director - of "You're doing a heckuva job, Brownie!" fame - will host his political radio talk show from New Orleans, Louisiana, on Wednesday and Thursday. Brown will go live from 9 p.m. to midnight EST on KOA in Denver. The return to New Orleans appears to be part of Brown's campaign to address history. In an interview Tuesday with ABC News, Brown said he no longer wanted to be the historical scapegoat of the George W. Bush administration. Brown was forced to resign from FEMA on September 5, 2005.

"I remember telling the [Bush] White House, 'I don't think you guys get it. This is going to be the big one that I've been fighting to get money for, that we've all been worried about,' " he told ABC News. " 'I think this could be it, and nobody seems to care.' " Brown believes that he was targeted because Bush was not going to fire Michael Chertoff, then only the second director of the newly established Department of Homeland Security.

Rick Scott
The "health care tycoon" won Florida's Republican gubernatorial nomination Tuesday, despite being involved in one of the largest Medicare fraud investigations in history.

Dr. Nega Beru and William Neuman
The Food and Drug Administration's director of food safety told New York Times reporter Neuman in the wake of a massive egg recall that U.S. regulators opted not to mandate a hen salmonella vaccine because there was not enough proof that it was effective. In a report Wednesday, Beru said: "We didn't believe that, based on the data we had, there was sufficient scientific evidence for us to require it." Beru added that egg producers were encouraged to vaccinate their hens if they thought it would help fight salmonella. A second FDA official, Nancy Bufano, supported Beru's comments to the Times, saying the proposed U.S. vaccine was viewed as different from the one British farmers were using.

Allen West
The retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel - and Tea Party favorite - won the Republican nomination for Congress in Florida's 22nd District on Tuesday. He will now be in a rematch of his 2008 race against current U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton. West, of Plantation, has spent much of the past two years campaigning throughout Broward County, where only 36.8 percent are registered Republicans and 37.1 percent are Democrats. According to the Sun-Sentinel, West has raised tons of cash and will be a formidable challenge for Klein because the district is typically anti-incumbent.

Marcos Esparza Bofill
The former day trader and garage band enthusiast faces a $172 million bill from the IRS, reports the New York Daily News. On Tuesday, the Smoking Gun posted the lien against Esparza Bofill, a 20-something who lives in New York. Though the Daily News could not get Esparza Bofill on the record, an anonymous friend told the paper that his first response was: "Who's the IRS?" Esparza Bofill apparently lived in the U.S. in 2006 and traded for one year, the Daily News said. When he failed to file an income tax return, investigators tracked his every trade. Because he did not report losses or expenses, the IRS presumed a profit on Esparza Bofill's trades, which were $500 million. "He lives a very modest life," the friend told the paper. "So just to think that all of a sudden he owes $172 million is pretty ridiculous." An accountant told the paper that Esparza Bofill just needs to file a return to resolve the problem.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. mr. mark

    Noooo! this guy has a talk show? are you kidding? WHO would employ him – and WHO would advertise on this dummy's show???

    August 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • DarthInCO

      The same radio station that brings us Rush Limbaugh, Mike Rosen, Gunny Bob and a bunch of other fringe whack jobs.

      KOA has so gone off the right-side deep-end that their listenership and ratings have dropped significantly in the last few years. KOA use to be the bastion of news radio in the greater Colorado area, before ClearSpring took over.

      August 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I was surprised. He has a lot of nerve.

      August 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      I live in Denver & used to really like KOA radio... as bad as you can imagine this guy as a radio personality/host, he's worse, much worse. Laughably worse.

      August 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Law Girl

    Talk about returning to the scene of the crime! Still hate him 5 years after Katrina. The guy was completely incompetent. At least he had sense enough to resign when asked.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Carol

    Just what we need, another idiot on the radio.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ccm123

    @Mr. Mark

    Who would employ this guy? The same type of people who employed him before. At least he can't ill anyone if he messes up.

    August 25, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike Honcho

    Can we stop pretending like there's a difference between the Tea Party and the Republican Party?

    August 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PARROT

    THAT'S VERY DISTURBING...THAT MR. BROWN IS STILL AROUND!!

    August 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • joejoe

      maybe Cheney needs to take him out hunting........

      August 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ninesandquines

    Well the government got what it wanted – a scapegoat. It wasn't HIS fault....like he says 'I don't think you guys get it. This is going to be the big one that I've been fighting to get money for, that we've all been worried about,' " he told ABC News. " 'I think this could be it, and nobody seems to care.' " Nobody in DC DID care because it was only New Orleans and they were too busy (still are for that matter) paying attention to anywhere BUT U.S. soil. In the certain industry that I work, I have seen this happen many times. Those at the top don't want to pay attention or take the time to do the right thing and use those on the front lines to take the blame.

    Do you seriously believe that ONE person is responsible for what happened? Really? You don't believe that perhaps it was all that were involved, beginning with the Mayor of New Orleans who failed to call for help??

    August 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. joejoe

    Snails have more brains then this guy.........somehow, once you are in the "Good Ole Boys Club", they look out for you and always find employment somehow.........if this was the private sector and that guy screwed up like he did in Katrina, he would have been fired and NOT hired due to his name being thrown around....

    Govt jobs are SOOOOOOOO corrupt!

    August 25, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bunger

    The turd is back!

    August 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bunger

    And he's not taking any $h!t!

    August 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Skee Hee

    Let's all prepare for the next disaster. If your town has not already designated places to go to after a disaster, tell them to find them and tell everyone where to meet to get help and info. Lack of this basic planning is what got a lot of folks in N.O.

    August 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Snoop

    Its the fault of every idiot who refused to leave town, despite being warned, being told there would be no shelters, and who were offered transportation north. The same idiots who turned around and looted televisions and stereos, r*ped and molested countless women, and laid the blame on everyone but themselves.

    August 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Billy X

      Spoken like a true necro-Con. Are you sure the Muslims or Mexicans weren't involved too?

      August 25, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ufadoof

      Yeah it's true. It's the New Orleans police departments fault.

      August 25, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dee

    maybe he'll impart advice on raising arabian horses... oooh, can't w8!!

    August 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DazedAndConfused

    It's not that he was responsible for the hurricane. Nor was he responsible for the lack of government assistance to the area in the immediate aftermath. The question is, WHO is he that he is going to host a radio program? What is he going to talk about? A republican administration was in office when Katrina hit. Or is his main talking point going to be, like every other turd pile left over from the Bush years, "President Obama has been in office long enough to have cleaned this up why hasn't it been cleaned up?"

    August 25, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jerry Miller

    Mr. Brown will be remembered as one of the most incompetent and worst public servants of the 21st century. Period.

    August 25, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |