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McDonnell talks to Northrop Grumman about headquarters move

Anita Kumar

Wes Bush, Northrop Grumman's new chief executive and president, paid a visit to Richmond today to speak to Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) about possibly moving the company's headquarters to Virginia.

McDonnell and Bush spent about an hour talking this morning at the state Capitol.

Maryland, Virginia and the District are all vying to host the defense contractor, which announced plans last month to move its headquarters to the Washington region from Los Angeles.

Our colleagues in Annapolis reported earlier today that Bush and Gaston Kent, vice president of finance, spent more than an hour in the State House in Annapolis this afternoon, meeting with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and legislative leaders.

Two sources with knowledge of Northrop Grumman's site-selection process told The Post last week that company executives are looking at a June 2011 move-in date to an existing facility for about 150 employees. Four sites are being considered in Fairfax County and one in Arlington County, the sources said.

Northrop Grumman spokesman Randy Belote last week said a selection had not been made, saying the company has yet to receive formal proposals from officials in any of the three jurisdictions.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 12, 2010; 5:06 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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"Four sites are being considered in Fairfax County and one in Arlington County, the sources said."

My bet is that Wes Bush and his team will choose Arlington or a site in Fairfax County close to Arlington for their headquarters. This is the latest evidence of the abysmal failure in the Montgomery County leadership to remain competitive with Northern Virginia of even with such Maryland counties as Frederick, Howard and Anne Arundel. Again, much of problem lies at WaPo's feet. For too long WaPo was an apologist for Montgomery County's liberal excesses. Known as bedroom of the Washington Post, Montgomery County became a laboratory for all sorts of social experimentation, particularly in the fields of gay/lesbian activism, Black entitlement programs and illegal immigration. The latter was essential in order to satisfy the greed of their Numero Uno special interest group--land developers and builders. In the area of public education, the mantra de jour was to hire Black teachers because Black children will not learn until they Blacks as their teachers. Look at the idiot they appointed as principal in the 1970s and 1980s at Oakview Elementary in East Silver Spring. Hooey!!

Who can forget the serial losers (and even dishonest) the county council appointed as Chairs of the Planning Board--among the worse Gus Bauman and Derick Berlage.

I can go on forever, but Montgomery County as a regional leader is finished. The largest employer in the county is the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. Over 80% of government, MCPS, and Montgomery College employees are Democrats. And the county leader is perennial dilettante Ike Leggett who have spent a lifetime accumulating titles without meaningful accomplishments. Montgomery County, I weep for you.

For years to come Montgomery County residents will be paying for the 35-year excesses of Democratic administrations. Who would have guessed Camelot's dream for Montgomery County would become a nightmare.

Posted by: GoodAmerican | February 13, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

While not exactly related to this post, why does Team McDonnell insist on ignoring Western Virginia?

The last time I checked, Western Virginia gave the entire Republican ticket the largest percentage win of any region. Further, the natives are getting restless. They (legislators, activists, etc.) accurately feel that they work their tails off, and they get ignored as soon as election day passes.

Posted by: InsideVirginia | February 15, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

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