“Remember Today That You are from Old Virginia”
By Too Conservative
It was a very good day today for Virginia in the United State Senate.Â Two excellent representatives of the Commonwealth, Sean Connaughton and Charles (“Chip”) Nottingham, appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee for confirmation hearings on their appointments to head the United State Maritime Administration and the Surface Transportation Board, respectively.
Senators Warner and Allen were there to praise both men for their service inÂ federal,Â state and local govenrment.Â As it relates to Northern Virginia politics, Senator Allen was particularly effusive in his praise for all that Sean Connaughton had done for Prince William county over the past six years.Â Congressmen Davis and Wolf joined in support of the two nominees.Â Davis’s testimony made much of the financial management skills of Connaughton in securing Prince William’s AAA bond rating and navigating the complex gorwth issues that have faced the County.Â Senator Allen praised Connaughton for “sticking to principle” while at the same timeÂ bringing together a very diverse community.Â Senator Trent Lott commended the President for finding nominees with state and local government experience (Nottingham held an executive position in VDOT before going to the Federal HighwayÂ Administration).
Both nominees were described by their supporters in the Congress as practical, “can-do” administrators.Â My sense as a Virginian was that it was a good day for the profile of the Commonwealth on the national stage.
Chairman Ted Stevens indicated that the Committee would endeavor to move the nominations quickly and that confirmation might occur as early as the end of next week.