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Fri, Jan 08, 2021

Secretary of Transportation Chao Bails Out of DoT

Blames Capitol Chaos For Decision

Well... we're going to need a new Secretary of Transportation sooner than we expected. SecTrans Elaine Chao is resigning her office for political reasons and will be departing her post early next week... while promising to be available to ease the transition of Biden's much questioned pick for SecTrans, Pete Buttigieg.... who has only a smidgeon of actual transportation-related experience.

Following her official departure, DoT General Counsel, Steven Bradbury, is reportedly next in the roster to serve as acting secretary for the days left in the Trump Administration.

In a Thursday afternoon email, Elaine Chao wrote to staff members, explaining that, “Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed. As I’m sure is the case with many of you, it has deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside.”

Married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), this move was likely to have been a serious topic of discussion over the family supper table, last evening...  

Pilot and House Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) the top Republican on the House Transportation Committee, stated that, “I also want to thank her for her constant professionalism and her friendship. She has been a champion of infrastructure and transportation safety.”

FMI: www.transportation.gov

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