Wolf backs Virginia control of MWAA board

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) unveiled a bill Tuesday that would give Virginia control over the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, as the board overseeing construction of the Silver Line remains mired in controversy that has also impacted the Virginia Senate race.

Wolf’s bill would cut the size of the board from 13 members to nine, with six of them appointed by the governor of Virginia. Maryland, the District and the federal government would appoint one member apiece.

Even if it passed the House, the legislation stands little chance of becoming law, given the opposition of Maryland and the District. But the measure is a clear sign that Virginia officials have grown frustrated with what Wolf calls a “chaotic, dysfunctional” board.

Appearing in Leesburg with Wolf, George Allen (R) criticized his Senate race foe, Timothy M. Kaine (D), for turning control of the Dulles Toll Road over to the MWAA when Kaine was governor. (A reporter at the event pointed out that Allen publicly supported the decision at the time.) Allen also criticized the behavior of Kaine’s appointees to the board, particularly labor official Dennis Martire, who is suing to block his removal from the board.

Kaine said in a statement Tuesday that he supported Wolf’s bill. “His proposal to fix the federal law structuring the MWAA Board makes good sense,” said Kaine.

“It’s been disappointing to read stories about MWAA board activities, including the latest stories today regarding excessive lobbyist payments,” Kaine said, referring a Washington Examiner report on former Allen appointees to the board getting lobbying contracts.

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