House GOP faces barrage of questions days after firing of Peterson


Legislator: Rep. Joel Kretz
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Republicans in the House are finding themselves at the forefront of continuing questions following the firing of the head of the Department of Transportation, Lynn Peterson, by Senate lawmakers last week.  Ruth Johnson reports from Olympia.

 Johnson: Lawmakers in the both House and Senate faced a barrage of questions at a press briefing, concerning the firing Friday of Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson, all centered on a familiar theme: 'Is anyone safe?' After numerous questions Republican Joel Kretz put it in layman's terms.

Kretz: “Who doesn't have it hanging over their heads? There's performance expectations in any job.  I don't think because you are appointed to a position you are crowned for life.”

Johnson: Dan Kristiansen, the House Republican leader, after enumerating on-going problems with the Alaskan Way Viaduct, I-405 tolling, the 520 pontoons, and the Washington State Ferries…

Kristiansen:  “At what point are your elected officials going to say 'enough is enough,  status quo with transportation isn't working, we've got to take this to the next level.”

Johnson:  Kristiansen said its vital Peterson's replacement be someone with a deep understanding of Washington transportation issues.  Said one Senator: “The governor has his work cut out for him.”

Ruth Johnson, Olympia.

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