When Mike Griffin became administrator of NASA a little over two years ago, he made it clear that he felt his tenure there would be limited and not to exceed beyond January 2009, when a new administration takes over and (presumably) picks a new administrator. While at least one member of the Senate is counting down the days until January 2009, there are some in official Washington who are hoping that Griffin will stay on into the next administration. Sue Payton, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, is one of those people, and said the following at a Women in Aerospace event on Capitol Hill last night:
I would like to put in a big plug for a guy named Mike Griffin, because I will tell you that this guy was born for the job he has. There’s no one better technically, there’s no one who understands industry better, there’s no one who’s run his own company more. And no matter what happens in the next election… that man needs to stay in the job he’s in and continue the momentum. Whatever we can do to help him we ought to do because he has the recipe and I truly believe that changing out that particular job in a year and a half, January 2009, right when we’re needing that expertise that he can bring to bear, would be a huge mistake for the advancement of space.