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Statement by John Kerry on Nomination of Richard Capka to Serve as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration

by Pamela Leavey

As I reported here yesterday, John Kerry plans to put a hold on Bush’s nomination for the Federal Highway Administration, Richard Capka. The following is the text of John Kerry’s full statement on his intention to block Capka’s nomination:

“This nomination adds insult to incompetence. I have a bad feeling that Richard Capka could be to highways what George Tenet is to slam dunk intelligence, what Dick Cheney is to visionary energy policy and what Donald Rumsfeld is to pre-war planning.

“When Capka oversaw Boston’s Big Dig, he was fired for massive cost overruns and for giving lucrative severance packages of six months’ salary to a bunch of lawyers. Why on earth would he get a promotion?

“I will put a hold on this nomination to stop it from going forward. We can’t afford any more mismanagement and incompetence in Washington.

“Unless we put a stop to this administration’s stunning pattern of rewarding people who screw up, I’m afraid Richard Capka could become the Brownie of highways.”

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