Anita Kumar reports on the Virginia Politics blog that Gov. Bob McDonnell pledged Thursday to appoint a Northern Virginia resident to the Metro Board of Directors — a day after receiving the long-sought authority to appoint a member to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board.
“I want to make sure we have someone who’s directly accountable to this administration and to our legislature for the money that we sent down,’’ McDonnell told reporters. “I think now, in exchange for the $50 million that we send from Richmond, that we have at least one seat at the table. It’s not about control. It’s about accountability and improving Metro, and I think this will.”
McDonnell (R) had been seeking at least one seat on the board for months but had been thwarted several times by local officials in Northern Virginia, primarily Democrats, who opposed the effort. Late Wednesday night, the General Assembly unexpectedly voted for an amendment to the state’s two-year, $78 billion budget that would give him a seat.
The Senate voted 21 to 19, with three Democrats — Northern Virginia Sens. Chap Petersen, Chuck Colgan and Toddy Puller — voting with all Republicans. The House voted 62 to 34.
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