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Former Rep. Betty Sutton to head highway safety administration? Not happening.

(Photo: AP) Betty Sutton (AP)

There’s chatter that former House member Betty Sutton (D-Ohio), who was named  head of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. seven months ago, may be moving to head of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). (Both agencies are in the Department of Transportation.)

This got enviros, unsure of her green bona fides, worried about  her being in charge of an agency that deals with fuel efficiency standards and such.

NHTSA employees might get concerned about her management style. We recall a Sunlight Foundation study in 2012 showing that Sutton had the highest staff turnover rate in the House over a period of two years. (We know what you’re thinking but you’re wrong: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) had  only the fourth-highest staff turnover rate.)

But Thursday afternoon, after a couple of tries Wednesday and and then Thursday morning  to contact her, a spokesperson wrote  to say there’s “absolutely no truth” to such rumors and that she’s staying  put at the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

So worriers should just relax. 

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.



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