Having had an unexpectedly action-packed couple of years as Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood has had enough. The Chicago Tribune reports that
the Illinoisan who heads the U.S. Department of Transportation, said today that he is staying in that job for one term only and will not run for public office again.
And no wonder. LaHood has created controversy over his vehicle-tracking proposal, his Toyota comments, his agency’s database quality problems and private information-leaking, his quixotic “War On Distracted Driving” proposals and hypocrisies, weak grasp of safety data, endorsement of toll roads and more. No wonder the man wants out of government… but what comes next for LaHood?
Per the Trib,
He said he expected there will be some “wonderful opportunities” for him in the private sector when he leaves government.
Ah yes. For the bureaucrat’s true reward lies not in government, but in the revolving door to K Street. But wait, isn’t this the guy who once said
I think we should have the highest standard possible which would prohibit NHTSA employees from working for car manufacturers for a period of time
Just thought we should put that out there. Meanwhile, we’re gonna miss you Ray, you crazy, magnificent bastard!