Fairfax Dems criticize McDonnell over Metro standoff
Fairfax County's top elected official Tuesday called Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's threat to withhold $50 million in matching funds from Metro a "hostile action," saying it was jeopardizing the transit agency's efforts to improve safety.
Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D) was critical of McDonnell (R) and his threat to withhold Virginia's share of matching funds for the agency in exchange for two seats on Metro's board of directors.
"I personally consider it a hostile act," Bulova said. "We are absolutely open to a discussion about adding new members but it should not be a factor about funding commitments. There should be no strings attached."
Supervisor Catherine M. Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill), one of two principal directors on Metro's board and Fairfax's chief representative, called it an "urgent matter" and Supervisor Jeff C. McKay (D-Lee), chairman of the body's transportation committee, went further, calling the lack of dedicated funding to Metro an "enormous flaw" and McDonnell's funding standoff "irresponsible."
Republican supervisors largely disagreed with Bulova and their Democratic colleagues. A motion to send a letter to McDonnell passed 7-3 on a party-line vote.
"I don't think we should be dismissive of the governor's request," Supervisor John C. Cook (R-Braddock) said. Supervisor Pat S. Herrity (R-Springfield) said the Metro system "was in trouble. Now its time to fix it on the government level."
June 22, 2010; 3:01 PM ET
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