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I Was Wondering How They Got Sonia Pitt To Take The Fall For Molnau

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 2, 2008

Looks to me like they may have pulled strings to get her this gig:

Sonia Pitt, the MnDOT emergency response executive fired for taking an unauthorized, state-paid trip to Washington during the Interstate 35W bridge disaster, is now working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Pitt, 44, of Red Wing, confirmed Wednesday that she is working for Homeland Security’s Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) at its headquarters in Arlington, Va. Her job title is “Transportation Security Specialist.” Pitt declined to discuss her job responsibilities, her length of employment with the federal agency or her salary.

But of course, now that the cat’s out of the bag, what was given is now taken away:

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has fired Sonia Pitt, the former MnDOT emergency response executive who lost her state job for failing to return to Minnesota in the days after the I-35W bridge collapse.

Pitt was hired two months ago to work in Washington as a security specialist for the agency’s Transportation Security Administration.


Thursday was the first time the TSA had contacted the Minnesota agency about Pitt’s dismissal, said MnDOT spokeswoman Lucy Kender.

“All I can say is, they called us this afternoon for the first time regarding this issue, about Sonia Pitt’s termination status,” Kender said.

Granted, this really could just be standard employee vetting. But vetting like this is supposed to be done before the person is hired, not after. She may well have been waved into the gig thanks to the influence of her boyfriend Daniel Ferezan, the guy with whom she was vacationing when the bridge fell down. (He’s a bigwig with the Federal Highway Administration, by the way.) My own wild-assed guess is that word got out a couple of weeks ago about the first Strib piece being in the works, and so an “investigation” was started by TSA after the fact to provide a cover story.

I reckon the Pawlenty machine apparently must figure that there’s not much danger of Pitt’s writing a tell-all book about her experiences, so she’s expendable. Either that, or there may be another payoff we don’t know about yet waiting in the wings for her.

5 Responses to “I Was Wondering How They Got Sonia Pitt To Take The Fall For Molnau”

  1. baseball91 said

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported yesterday that one gusset plate connection had “fractured partially along a line of corrosion that had gone unfixed by state transportation officials since at least 1993,” according to evidence released this week by National Transportation Safety Board. I do not like the lt. governor. But it is short sighted to point the finger at her. And the Department of Homeland Security fired Ms. Pitts already. The world keeps spinning fast.

  2. MEC said

    “the Department of Homeland Security fired Ms. Pitts already.”

    The point, however, is that if she deserved to be fired from the TSA job, she shouldn’t have been hired in the first place. So why was she?

  3. Sonia Pitt didn’t cause the bridge to fall down. But she’s taking the fall for years of malignant neglect.

  4. Sonia Pitt is a lying, cheating whore who gets what she deserves…

    [Ed: link edited so that it does not connect to a commercial site.]

    • Charles II said

      Please don’t insult honest–or even dishonest– sex workers by comparing them with corrupt civil servants.

      And definitely don’t link commercial websites.

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