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.