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Posted at 2:46 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Why won't McDonnell push to protect Metro?

By David Alpert

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell repeatedly dodged questions yesterday about why he isn't lobbying his fellow Republicans to save the funds for Metro's safety repairs. He also showed a surprising ignorance of basic facts like whether WMATA has a permanent general manager yet, while repeatedly calling for the region to give him power over its decisions.

McDonnell appeared on WTOP yesterday morning along with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley. During one of the segments, interviewer Mark Segraves asked all three about the $150 million federal safety contribution and talk of closing Metro early on weekends.

Rather than really answering, McDonnell kept repeating Republican talking points about the need to cut the federal budget. He said he'd told "a couple" of congresspeople "telephonically" that he'd like the Metro money saved, but he hasn't actively lobbied them or even sent an official letter.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The
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By David Alpert  | February 23, 2011; 2:46 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, Metro, traffic, transportation  
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