Is V.P. Canidate Sarah Palin A Transit Advocate?

The question got posted after an article in Tuesday’s Washington Post. The article which mainly focuses on earmarks the V.P. candidate secured while being the mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Here is a sample of the article by Paul Kane of the Washington Post:

laska Gov. Sarah Palin employed a lobbying firm to secure almost $27 million in federal earmarks for a town of 6,700 residents while she was its mayor, according to an analysis by an independent government watchdog group.

There was $500,000 for a youth shelter, $1.9 million for a transportation hub, $900,000 for sewer repairs, and $15 million for a rail project — all intended to benefit Palin’s town, Wasilla, located about 45 miles north of Anchorage.

Click here for the complete article.

I wonder if Sarah is really a transit advocate or were these typical deals setup to line the pockets of connected contractors. I am curious to find out if she really believes in needing a solid transit infrastructure or is she your typical politician saying one thing & doing another. Transit infrastructures across the country need to see action not more lip service.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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It doesn’t really matter if she is. What matters is who gets put into politcal positions at the DOT. Right now Mary Peters is blowing the place up. If McCain Palin get into the white house, she stayes. She was DOT head in Arizona, McCain’s home state. He’s not getting rid of her.


I assume you are rooting against a McCain/Palin White House for the benefit of mass transit. You are right, he won’t get rid of Peters if he wins plus he does not seem pro transit as it is.

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