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Ron Kirk Finalist for Secretary of Transportation?

Posted Dec 13 2008 10:07pm
Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk

Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Houston Chronicle have put out a story today indicating the former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk is a finalist to be Secretary of Transportation in Barack Obama’s cabinet. The Dallas Observer blog has a bit as well.

Here’s a quote from the Star-Telegram story:

Speaking from his Dallas law office Thursday evening, Kirk confirmed in an interview that he was under consideration and said he was filling out a final vetting form for President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team.

“Yes, I am being vetted. I’ve met with the transition team,” said Kirk, the first African-American mayor of Dallas. “I’m honored. I got into this interesting relationship with Sen. Obama. I’m honored that my name would even be mentioned.”

Interesting, to be sure. From what I have seen Kirk is a proponent of toll roads but also a supporter of commuter rail. As for cycling and pedestrian issues, who knows. Is Ron Kirk as qualified as some of the other contenders for this position, such as Mortimer Downey or Steve Heminger? Absolutely not.

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