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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.

Posted in 'starving the beast', abuse of power, Carol Molnau, infrastructure, Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, TSA, WTF? | 5 Comments »

This Must Be Why Pawlenty Picked Molnau To Run MnDOT

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 25, 2008

Remember the hoo-ha over the 35W bridge collapse and the years of malignant neglect by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s Department of Transportation chief, Carol Molnau? Folks were wondering what sort of qualifications she had, other than being T-Paw’s chief fellow anti-tax bobo in the Lege, to run the agency.

Well, get a load of this:

In early 2000, as real estate development boomed in Chaska, then-state Rep. Carol Molnau authored a bill that ensured a long-delayed plan to build a new Hwy. 212 there would be put on a fast track.

Molnau, as chairwoman of the powerful House Transportation Finance Committee, guided the bill to passage. But she did not disclose Hwy. 212’s proximity to the land she owned in Chaska or that she was negotiating to sell the property to a national housing developer, state and local records show.


Eight days after the bill was signed by then-Gov. Jesse Ventura, Molnau and her husband, Steve, sold their 40 acres to the developer, Pulte Homes of Minnesota, for $3.3 million — six times its estimated market value, records show.

Gotta hand it to her: She might not know diddly about infrastructure, but she knows how to game the system.

Posted in 'starving the beast', (Rich) Taxpayers League, Carol Molnau, corruption, cronies, infrastructure, Minnesota, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples, Tim Pawlenty | 1 Comment »