Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood visited Macon on Friday and repeated what he told Atlanta officials: If Georgia wants to be part of the high-speed rail revolution, it needs leadership with vision and guts.
Gov. Sonny Perdue, who's been in charge while Georgia perfected its reputation as a transportation backwater, wasn't gonna have any of that fancy Beltway talk. From the Macon Telegraph:
LaHood said leadership at all levels needs to work together for the kinds of transportation projects that can change America over a generation.
“If Georgia wants a rail line and wants to be connected to high-speed intercity rail, you can make it happen,” he said. “You need to have leadership from all of you, but you need it from the governor’s office, too.”
LaHood said California made commitments to get $2.25 billion for high-speed rail, while a group of states in the Midwest worked together for another big project.
Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office said he wasn’t responsible for any transportation shortcomings.
“It is clear the Obama administration has its operatives traveling the country in a last-ditch effort to try and find someone to blame for their failed policies,” Perdue spokesman Bert Brantley said. “While the blame game may be alive and well inside the Washington, D.C., Beltway, Georgia voters are smart enough to recognize a con job when they see it.”
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