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Note to Metro GM Candidates: You Can Become the ‘Michelle Rhee of Washington Transit’

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Or so said the Post's Robert McCartney on WAMU this morning, discussing who might replace the departing John Catoe: "This is a very prestigious position, general manager of Washington's Metro system. It's the second largest transit system in the country, it's in the nation's capital. So I think a lot of ambitious, you know, 40-something transit officials around the country will be quite interested in the job. It's an opportunity also to turn things around and really make your name, sort of like Michelle Rhee. You know, you could be the Michelle Rhee of Washington transit."

Photograph by Darrow Montgomery

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  • RobShaw

    I wish crying was a more credible act of political defiance.

  • Read Scott Martin

    The WMATA board had their Michelle Rhee candidate. It was Dan Tangherlini. They drove him away. Next?

  • Ward One Resident

    @Scott Martin is right (and McCartney pointed this out as well)...the board needs to be completely redone starting with the Grahamstander.

  • Contrarian

    Dan the Man is the one who did nothing to change the underlying culture. He accelerated the crashing train!!!

  • ABF2010

    Maybe the Grahamstander (Councilman Jim "The Flim-Flam Man" will promote his Chief of Staff, Mr. Calvin Woodland to the post.

    Mr.Woodland seems to be able to garner more juice in the city than Graham since he is in bed with Mr. Fenty.

    Our group has written this very serious letter to the DC Council.
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    We are writing to you because we are sick and tired of being made to be complicit in Mr. Fenty using and pitting DC residents against one another. Mr. Fenty, in this election year, is about to hire 100 new DC government Term Employees throughout various government agencies from one of his key supporters Mr. Calvin Woodland and Mr. Woodland's unsanctioned non-profit organization. Most of these new hires from the Calvin Woodland Foundation are ex-offenders and should have gone through the Project Empowerment initiative and yet they did not because of the personal relationship with Mayor Fenty.

    The group of "new employees" will come from the Calvin Woodland Foundation based in Ward 8. What is interesting and questionable about this group is that the president and founder of this organization is Calvin Woodland, Chief of Staff for Councilmember Jim Graham in Ward 1. This is not the first time that this has been done, in fact it has been done every year since Mr. Fenty has been Mayor. While the premise of this appears to be a very lofty undertaking, we find it to be very underhanded and dishonest.

    Under the misrepresentation of budget cuts, Mr. Fenty is laying off DC workers that either he or his staff do not like or who disagree with Mr. Fenty's politics and are now bringing in those loyal to Mr. Fenty, those who he knows he controls through the polls.

    Why is no one looking at this as a conflict of interest for both Mr. Woodland and Mr. Fenty? These new hires are set to come on board before the end of January 2010...STOP this MADNESS!!!

    These jobs will come from various DC government agencies; DPW, DPR, DDOE, DDOT, etc. The positions will be entry level and some will be commensurate with the candidates experience. They are being "set-aside" for this group; some of these positions were frozen due to budget cuts, and now they are being unfrozen for this particular group. None of these positions are being announced on the DCHR website as mandated, nor will they be competed competitively by the general public as is also a DCHR requirement.

    This has been done for three (3) years thus far; it has been done covertly/undercover. Those who know about this are fearful of retribution from Mr. Fenty and his staff if they speak up. It is always done around an election year of either himself or his friends in the Council to garner votes.

    Mr. Fenty and Mr. Woodland's actions beg the question, "why is one DC resident more deserving than another." "Why unemploy one DC resident to employ another?" Did we mention that it cannot be proven that they are all DC residents; it is very easy to get a DC ID and utilize someone else's address.

    Mr. Woodland is a "strong" (to say the least) Fenty supporter. We are entreating this Council to look into this shady backdoor deal. The Unions will not sit silent and allow these underhanded and shady dealing to continue.

    If there are vacancies in DC government and if Mr. Fenty has private sector job support then allow competition or legalized set-asides. First source should come from those currently receiving Unemployment Insurance as President Obama's stimulus package mandate for each jurisdiction/state.

    We request immediate action to put a stop to this unseemly action!

    Thank You,

  • noodlez

    ABF2010 EVERYONE IS WELL AWARE OF THE ONE TERM MAYOR FAGGIE FENTY AND HIS OBSSESION WITH OBTAINING SOME STREET CRED.

    HIS HOUSE OF CONS HAS FALLEN. JUST ASK MR.MOTEN. IM SURE HE HAS MORE DETAILS THAT HE HASNT DISCLOSED. LIKE WHERE IS THE MONEY? JUST THINK IF HE HADNT CALLED GRAY PIMPALICIOUS HE STILL WOULD BE RECEIVING FUNDS.

    EVEN THE BANNEKER VENTURES DEBACLE WAS HIM MAKING IT BIG AND THEN GOING BACK TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD TO HIRE YOUR FREINDS. HOW IS THAT TURNING OUT?

    THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THE MADNESS IS TO HAVE THE CLOWN REMOVED FROM OFFICE. THAT MEANS TO VOTE FOR WHOMEVA DECIDES TO RUN FOR MAYOR THAT DOESNT RESEMBLE BOZO!

  • http://looselips.com Five to Go

    Love you Noodlez. You are right. We need to get a new mayor that doesn't look like Bozo and a turle. We need strong leadership and less "fake-ass-transparency", please I can not stand that word-transparency-ooh I'm mad all over again.

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