Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood had to be asked the same question seven times in Friday’s House Budget Committee hearing before he would finally give a straight answer.
Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., was grilling LaHood about a letter he had sent Arizona’s governor, after an Arizona Republican senator questioned the effectiveness of the stimulus package. The letter was widely viewed as a political threat in retaliation for criticism of the stimulus.
On July 12, Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., had suggested in a television interview that the stimulus should be cancelled, with the remaining unspent funds returned to the Treasury. LaHood, a former Republican member of Congress who joined Obama’s administration in January, responded the following day with a letter to Arizona’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, effectively threatening to cut off some $521 million in Arizona projects funded by the stimulus package.
It doesn’t say whether LaHood was wearing a fedora and knocked some bottles off the counter when he said that.
He is an Illinois Republican. so he has no problem with the Chicago style of the Obama administration.