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Posted at 4:08 PM ET, 06/17/2010

Dems go after Va. gov. over Metro funds

By Washington Post editors

Virginia Democrats continued to hammer Republican Gov. Robert F. McDonnell Tuesday over his decision to withhold $50 million for Metro unless the state gets two members on the agency's board of directors, Virginia Politics reports.

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) called it "budgetary blackmail." Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) said it was a "raw power grab by Richmond bureaucrats."

But many of those same Democrats, including Moran and Connolly, supported the Obama administration's desire to put four federal appointees on the Metro board in exchange for $1.5 billion in federal funds earlier this year.

"If the federal government is going to be kicking in $150 million a year, it deserves voting representation on the board," Connolly said in January.

But Connolly said in an interview Thursday that his quote was taken "out of context" and that he only reluctantly supported allowing the federal appointees on the board. He said he would have preferred that they only serve 10 years -- the length of time that the federal money will be doled out to Metro.

Moran said he supported the federal appointees but only because they were part of the original deal. He said McDonnell's request came too late. "The deal is made,'' he said.

Stay with Virginia Politics for more details.

-- Anita Kumar

By Washington Post editors  | June 17, 2010; 4:08 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  bob mcdonnell, jim moran, virginia, virginia governor robert mcdonnell  
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