People are saying that Ray LaHood, a downstate Illinois Republican representative, may get the nod for DOT. So far, the things mentioned as being in his favor are — friendship with the president-elect and his chief of staff, some pro-Amtrak votes, experience managing big projects as a member of the Appropriations committee (?), and his Republican-ness, for some reason.
This makes no sense at all to me. As I see it, then, there are three possibilities:
- Obama doesn’t intend the DOT secretary to do the heavy lifting on his transportation policies,
- Obama doesn’t really care about transportation, and
- It isn’t true.
Based on the limited knowledge I have to hand, I’m going to go with No. 3. I suspect this is not going to be his pick.