A welcome bipartisan green light for Foxx nomination

May 1, 2013 

The following editorial appeared in the Hickory Daily Record:

The nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to be the U.S. Secretary of Transportation is a good move by President Obama and one issue on which both North Carolina senators agree.

Foxx is no stranger to the president. They’ve met many times. President Obama has made several visits to North Carolina. But the mayor also knows the problems with heavy congestion and public transportation and how to go about arriving at solutions to moving lots of vehicles in an efficient manner.

Charlotte is a sprawling metropolis, and its traffic woes are legendary. But the city has managed to revitalize downtown and create a network of loops, bypasses and multi-lane streets to keep the wheels rolling. Foxx has been in on some of that, as well as on the latest developments in mass transit. He understands the needs of people who have to get from one place to another.

Foxx is young, and he’s bright. The naysayers already are buzzing like gadflies – every presidential appointee has had detractors. It’s a naturally occurring phenomenon, regardless of the president or the nominee. This time, however, Foxx has bipartisan support from Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan.

Here’s what they had to say:

“I am thrilled that Anthony Foxx will be nominated to serve as Secretary of Transportation,” Hagan said. “Mayor Foxx has done terrific work for the people of Charlotte, and I know he will be a strong leader at the Department of Transportation. He has a deep understanding of the urgent need to rebuild our national infrastructure, which is critical to maintaining a strong and growing economy. This is great news for North Carolina and our country, and I look forward to a swift confirmation for Anthony.”

Burr praised Foxx as soon as the appointment became official.

“I am pleased to see the president look to North Carolina to fill this important Cabinet position, and I congratulate Mayor Foxx on this honor,” Burr said. “I look forward to introducing Mayor Foxx to my colleagues and working with him as his nomination moves through the Senate. I believe he will ably serve North Carolina and our nation as the next Secretary of Transportation.”

Support doesn’t get more bipartisan than that. Perhaps the influence of Burr and Hagan together will expedite the process and suppress the unnecessary bickering that comes with many presidential nominations. A speedy confirmation by the Senate would be refreshing.

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