Thursday, March 21, 2013

US Airways CEO backs Foxx for Obama cabinet

US Airways CEO Doug Parker told O-pinion this morning that he thinks Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx would make a great U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and he hopes he gets the job.

"Why do you say that?" I asked.

"He's an extremely bright individual who I think would be good as the secretary of transportation," Parker said.

"We think highly of the mayor. And if indeed he's secretary of transportation, I think he'd be great at that. What we know is, this community and this airport is the standard-bearer of how we think communities and air service can come together to create a stronger community. And irrespective of the debate that's going on now (over who should govern the airport), he's been the mayor of that community. And I know from talking to him that he understands that connection.

"We've been very impressed with his overall capability and skill set and we welcome him being the secretary of transportation."

Bloomberg News reported that President Obama is considering Foxx for the job. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced in January that he will be stepping down.

We agree with Parker that Foxx is bright, capable and skilled. Still, we'd think Obama would want someone with a more extensive transportation background to lead the nation on that issue.

-- Taylor Batten


Zon said...

Hmmm. Wonder how Billboard-Bob Rucho agrees with the assessment of the CEO of a major airline on how to govern an airport.

kantstanzya said...

He agrees with Barack Obama that streetcars are the wave of America's transportation future and no price is too high to make it happen. That's all he needs to know.

NorthStar said...

Amazing how the State of North Carolina intends to take Charlotte Douglas Airport away from Charlotte's oversight when the Mayor of Charlotte is deemed worthy of being the US President's Secretary of Transportation. Amazing...

Wiley Coyote said...

Mayor Fixxit will be a terrible Transportation Secretary.

All you have to do is look at his tantrum over his stupid streetcar idea.

Having another shady tax and spend Democrat in power is not what we need.

Anonymous said...

LOL Perhaps Foxx is more of an issue to USAir's future business model & viability having its consoldation of flight connections to low-cost Charlotte-Douglas than as a DC figure-head.