McDonnell fills ousted rep’s slot on MWAA board

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) appointed someone new to the board overseeing Metro’s Silver Line rail extension Friday, one day after he removed a labor leader from the post.


A worker uses a backhoe to excavate dirt as work continues at the Tysons Corner Seven Central Station on Metro’s Silver Line project. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Martire, who filed a lawsuit Thursday over his removal, had clashed with McDonnell over incorporating a union-friendly project labor agreement into the second phase of the Silver Line project. He had also drawn criticism for overseas travel expenses, including a $9,000 trip to Prague to attend a transportation conference

The governor has been seeking greater influence with the airports authority. Pushing out Martire, an appointee of former governor Timothy M. Kaine (D), allowed McDonnell to install Merrick, a businesswoman who ran unsuccessfully for the state Senate.

Laura Vozzella covers Virginia politics for The Washington Post.

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