Politico: Top official departs ‘rudderless’ railroad safety agency


A top official charged with overseeing the safety of the nation's railroads has resigned "effective immediately," the Department of Transportation said Saturday after POLITICO raised questions about whether he was simultaneously working as a public relations consultant in Mississippi.


Meredith McGehee, a government ethics expert and strategic adviser at the Campaign Legal Center, said it “raises serious conflicts” for someone to serve as a spokesman for both a federal agency and a local government body. "Your first and primary responsibility is to your position as a public official," she said.

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