Ray LaHood for Transportation secretary? The jury is still out
President-elect Obama promised a bipartisan cabinet, and he kept that promise last week by naming a Republican -- former U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood of Peoria -- as his Transportation secretary.
The blogosphere has not been too kind in its assessment of the pick. I think we need to withhold judgment and let's see how he does.
We know that he was among few Republicans who voted last summer to give Amtrak more funding. And LaHood also supported the "Saving Energy Through Public Transportation Act of 2008."
But he also is close to Caterpillar, one of the biggest highway project lobbies. Certainly we know that highway construction will be a big part of the Obama's public works plans. But we also need a loud voice for mass transit funding in Barack's administration.
I hope LaHood will be that voice.