A D.C. group is speaking out against the big push to make Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx the next U.S transportation secretary.
The National Air Disaster Alliance is not pleased President Barack Obama nominated Foxx to lead the transportation department.
“We would have hoped that the appointment would have gone to somebody with a little more experience,” said Board Member Jillian Gustafson.
Board Member Jillian Gustafson went as far as to say Foxx was nominated just because he’s the president’s friend.
Gustafson complimented Foxx’s transit work in Charlotte, but not air and rail.
“His experience in those bigger issues is not as direct,” she said.
A Senate panel unanimously approved Foxx Monday.
Channel 9 took the group’s concerns to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“Do you have any concerns he is not qualified to hold that position?” Channel 9 asked Reid.
“I have met with him; he is a man of substance. He’s run a very large city. As you know, he is an administrator,” Reid said. “That’s what cabinet officers do. He has many people that are there with him that have worked on these issues for a long time.”
The full Senate still has to confirm Foxx. Reid told Channel 9 the Senate is focused on immigration.