Editorial: Tata needs to focus on his job

Tony Tata 2In case you missed it, this morning’s lead editorial in Raleigh’s News & Observer rightfully tells the state’s $136,000 per year Transportation Secretary, Tony Tata, to start focusing on his job and ditch the Obama bashing on Fox News with Sean Hannity.

Here’s the excellent conclusion:

“Why Hannity is turning to Tata for wisdom on the Middle East is baffling. Tata has no special insight into the region. Beyond that, the public learned all it needed to know about Tata’s judgment of military leadership when he publicly declared that Sarah Palin would be a better commander-in-chief than Barack Obama.

Beyond why Hannity would seek Tata’s opinion is the question of why Tata would choose to give it. For a former general, this seems a basic strategic mistake. More than a quarter of North Carolina’s transportation funding comes from the federal government. A state transportation secretary who makes it a practice to go on TV and blast the president for, among other things, endangering the nation, probably is not improving his state’s chances of receiving discretionary federal funding.

Adie Tomer, an associate fellow at Brookings Institute who studies infrastructure funding, said most federal transportation funding is automatic and beyond politics. But there are grants worth many millions of dollars for which states compete. A good relationship with the current administration can help a state gain a winning edge. North Carolina enjoys an edge with former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx serving as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, but that edge may be dulled by Tata’s abrasiveness.

‘It’s a political town,’ Tomer said of Washington, even in agencies that are not directly political. He added that Tata’s criticism of the administration seems contrary to North Carolina’s requests for funding. ‘I just don’t see what there is to gain from it, especially because it’s not his current job,’ Tomer said. ‘Is that looking out for the best interests of North Carolina? It doesn’t sound like it.’

Apparently Tata’s sees his livelihood as being both a secretary of transportation and a retired general. He’s North Carolina’s own Secretary General.”



  1. LayintheSmakDown

    March 24, 2015 at 10:55 am

    I would think the N&O would at least be able to look up Tata’s bio to see he was a commanding general in the Middle East area and has international relations studies under his belt. And, I doubt taking an hour to go on Hannity really affects his job, that is like saying no one should do anything but work 24/7 and have no outside interests.
    Just one more reason why no one reads the disgraced N&O any more. The radical progressive narrative just does not resonate with anyone.

  2. SandraHale

    March 25, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I read the N&O every morning as do many many others who wish to be enlightened to what is happening in our town, state and nation. The N&O has excellent investigative reporters.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    March 25, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Oh, so you are one of the less than 50,000 people in the triangle who read that rag…pretty pitiful when there are almost 1,000,000 in Wake county alone.
    And if by “investigative reporters” you mean narrative writers then you may have a point. I am sure they are excellent at copying and pasting the daily radical progressive narrative sent to them in their emails.

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