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Emmett's spokesman, Joe Stinebaker, tells Hair Balls there's not much to this apparent discord.
"The reality is they're getting along well together. They have the same goal in mind. The two have different styles, but in terms of their working together, I'm surprised that two public officials have gotten along as well as they have," he says.
And apparently the comparatively gentler Emmett we've seen at press conferences (or heard about from those with power) isn't all patience and grandfatherly smiles. Stinebaker says that at one point he was on a FEMA trailer at Reliant Park "letting the FEMA officials know what he thinks." Stinebaker says FEMA deserves credit for how it's dealt with the complex recovery process, but adds that the judge is "vehement" about pushing things forward.
White's spokesman, Frank Michel, says the different attitudes have nothing to do with party.
"[White] has had experience with disaster situations, so he's more critical of bureaucracy," Michel says.
Stinebaker is eager not to leave the impression that the judge is going easy on officials. "(Emmett) is making it clear to federal, state and local officials exactly what he wants done, and that he needs it done yesterday, or the day before yesterday," he says.
No timetable yet on the delivery of that FEMA flux capacitor, but at least the judge is putting some emotion into it. — Blake Whitaker