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Connaughton meeting a mystery to N.Va. Metro reps

Anita Kumar

Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton has repeatedly said he is meeting with members of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission on Thursday to talk about giving the state a pair of seats on the Metro board.

But Northern Virginia Transportation Commission members do not have any meeting scheduled with him or any other Virginia state official tomorrow.

"I don't know of a meeting that I've been informed of,'' said NVTC Chairwoman Catherine Hudgins, who also serves on the Metro board and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

Kala Quintana, an NVTC spokeswoman, said the four NVTC members who sit on the Metro Board -- Hudgins, William Euille, Chris Zimmerman and Jeff McKay -- said they heard from a state official several weeks ago about possibly setting up a meeting to talk, but that the state never followed through on setting up a date.

The meeting was suggested weeks before Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said he wanted NVTC to give up two seats on the Metro board in exchange for the state's $50 million contribution to Metro.

Hudgins said that she is willing to talk to Connaughton about the seats but that she is bothered by the governor linking the money with the seats. NVTC has met once about the issue, but did not make a decision. It will meet again July 1.

Hudgins, Euille, Zimmerman and McKay will spend much of the day at a Metro board meeting. Connaughton is not on the agenda. He would not be able to speak to the four in a group without triggering NVTC's open-meetings law.

Connaughton and McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin did not immediately respond to calls for comment.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 23, 2010; 2:18 PM ET
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