Crony Appointed to Amtrak’s Board of Directors Despite Voting in Congress Against Funding for Amtrak
By M.E. Singer
Cronyism continues to thrive in “the Swamp.” As egregious how the carried interest tax loophole has survived the new tax legislation as a special treatment against the middle class, so too “below the radar” do we witness how “cronyism rides the rails” against the middle class.
How does the media remain silent, Congress disinterested, and the traveling public oblivious towards the deliberate travesty of stewardship expected of Amtrak’s Board of Directors? What can possibly be the logic of this current Amtrak Board to tolerate the Administration’s nomination in October, 2017, of Leon Westmoreland to Amtrak’s Board? In respect to his record as a Congressman from Georgia (2004-2016), Westmoreland voted twice against funding Amtrak–in 2009 and again, in 2015. Given such an overt, anti-Amtrak record, his nomination fulfills the proverbial concern of “putting…
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