Category: I-35 Bridge
Posted: 12/11/07 16:39
by Dave Mindeman
Ron Carey, the GOP State Chair, has a new gotcha phrase. Every time someone mentions that Carol Molnau should resign, he retorts with, "But what about Mark Ritchie?".... and he says it as if it should be self explanatory.
Well when it comes to a comparison of the two, I have four sentences that also should be self explanatory:
Mark Ritchie was stupid.
Carol Molnau is incompetent.
Mark Ritchie's stupidity has cost the state nothing.
Carol Molnau's incompetence has cost the state millions.Molnau's problems
are front and center again today. The House Commerce and Labor Committee faulted Molnau and her department for the outrageous delays and cost problems for the Wakota bridge project. And she responds with a 14 page letter (14 pages!) saying its not her fault. And get this. She said that the revised bid of the contractor (Lunda) was "not in the best interest of the taxpayers".
The House committee says it was a MnDOT problem. Mediators say MnDOT was the problem. Lunda says MnDOT was the problem. Everybody agrees except Department Commissioner and chief excuse maker, Carol Molnau.
How is a 14 month delay in construction in the best interest of the taxpayers? How is a cost overrun of over two times the original estimate in the best interest of the taxpayers?
And how is this continuing level of incompetence, in the best interest of Minnesota taxpayers?
Carol Molnau is the only one who seems to know the answer. Maybe its in that 14 page letter somewhere.