Somewhere inside the Department of Transportation, someone must be compiling naughty and nice lists.
How else to explain the race by trade groups that do business with DOT agencies to be the fastest to send out congratulatory press releases after Anthony Foxx was confirmed as the department’s new secretary?
The winner may be AAA, which checked in as 12:01 p.m. Washington time – about 10 minutes after the Senate’s unanimous vote ended. Perhaps it was making amends for publishing a study June 12 questioning the department’s focus on stopping handheld mobile phone use in cars while being less stringent toward automakers’ built-in infotainment systems.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials checked in at 12:04, followed byBuilding America’s Future, the infrastructure advocacy group co-led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, A4A, the airlines’ trade group; General Aviation Manufacturers; the Association of American Railroads, the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, the American Public Transportation Association, and the U.S. Travel Association.
How many congratulations can one man endure?