Metro May be Next Stop for Connolly
There is talk that if he wins re-election as expected Tuesday, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) may try to expand his regional influence by grabbing the Virginia seat on the Metro board of directors. The current Virginia member, Fairfax Supervisor T. Dana Kauffman (D-Lee), did not seek re-election to the Fairfax board this year and is retiring.
It shouldn't be too tough. Connolly sits on the board of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission that appoints the Virginia rep and an alternate. A seat at the Metro table would give Connolly more control over the 106-mile system that represents Fairfax's biggest "non-county" investment ($64.9 million this year) and allow him to keep closer watch on the planned extension to Dulles International Airport. And, the higher regional profile won't hurt politically if he ultimately decides to run for Congress.
This may not sit well with the two current Virginia alternates, Fairfax Supervisor Catherine Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) and Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille (D). But there is precedent for muscling them out of the way. In January 1998, then-Fairfax Board Chairman Katherine K. Hanley replaced Supervisor Gerald W. Hyland on the Metro panel, bypassing Kauffman, who was then serving as an alternate.
October 31, 2007; 4:38 PM ET
Categories: Bill Turque , Election 2007 , Fairfax County Chairman's Race 2007 , Gerald E. Connolly
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