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Two Potential Deputy Secretaries Bowing Out

By Al Kamen
As President Obama was at the Transportation Department this morning touting his $28 billion highway program and the jobs it will create, the administration's top choice to be deputy secretary of the agency, former Federal Aviation Administration chief Jane Garvey, was preparing to decline to take the job.

Garvey, 65, had always been seen as a somewhat less than enthusiastic candidate for the position. She had spent much of her life in state and federal service, leaving the FAA for the private sector. Garvey, former deputy administrator of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and director of Boston's Logan International Airport, now works at JP Morgan Public Finance, where, as head of its transportation infrastructure investment practice, she works with cities and towns trying to structure financing for public projects. She also became a director on some boards.

Sources said Garvey had concluded recently that her family financial situation would be too adversely affect by a return to government. The move apparently would leave the administration with no on tap to replace her, one source said.

Additionally, Susan F. Tierney, who had been the leading candidate to be deputy secretary of energy, has also dropped from contention. Tierney had served on the Obama transition as team leader for the energy department and was a former Massachusetts public utility commissioner.

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Dick Cheney committed treason the morning of 9/11/01 when he formed the Shadow Government and made himself the president of it. For 8 years we witnessed the crimes & abuses committed under he and George Bush's command and we wonder why the nation is still a mess!

Sen. Patrick Leahy and the Department of Justice are actively trying to get to the bottom of what the Treasonists did. A Truth Commission and the releasing of documents on the DOJ's website from 2001 that Americans were not able to read when the Fuhrer(s) were at the helm of America from 2001-2008.

Posted by: KayInMaine | March 4, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

President Obama's birth certificate is here:

The female republican Governor of Hawaii has authenticated this birth certificate and this is why lawsuits by the wingers are being dropped like hot potatoes, because President Obama was born in Hawaii to his parents (mother was born in Kansas, USA and his father whose name he shares was born in Kenya, Africa).

George Bush was chosen to be the president in 2001 by the SCOTUS, so honestly, he was not chosen by the people to be our president. Technically, he was never a legal president as far as Americans were concerned. Of course, the 2004 election was stolen and just before Mike Connell was going to testify on his role in stealing the 2004 election, his plane crashed killing him. A connection? Seems so!


We have a fantastic President now. Americans (and the world!) are thrilled to have President Obama in our midst.

Posted by: KayInMaine | March 4, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Maybe it has something to do with the fact that many do not believe he is the actually the standing President....

Apparently, the military all branches does not. They question before the Courts is: are we still are a Constitutional Republic ?
For the first time in American history , a President is in question as an imposter. A treasonist?

Posted by: dottydo | March 3, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I am getting tired of these people who do not THINK through what a federal job means first BEFORE they accept and add embarrassment to them selves and the Presidency.

Posted by: Ranger-Phx | March 3, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

ahashburn not everyone is like Republicans who leave for the purpose of "spending more time with their families" if she is on the boards of a few companies and has another job she would probably take a financial loss to go back to a federal job paying less than 150,000 a year and at age 65 she doesn't have that many years left to make "good money" not everyone is rich like Cheney and Rumsfeld and can afford to go to DC to be treated like royalty on the taxpayers dime, I fully understand the reluctance of some people to leave private business and good pay to return to a mid level govt job and being a deputy Secretary ain't like being the Secretary and a cabinet official

Posted by: mikey30919 | March 3, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | March 3, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

"Sources said Garvey had concluded recently that her family financial situation would be too adversely affect by a return to government."

I read that as she would have to pay too much in back taxes that she owes.

Posted by: ahashburn | March 3, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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