TxDOT Has A Sense Of Humor

Posted in Privatization, Road Issues, Around The State at 12:50 am by wcnews

Via SAEN, DOT guru for Perry skips PR training.

Gov. Rick Perry’s deputy chief of staff decided to skip Friday’s training session meant to prep officials for talk-radio appearances promoting the Trans-Texas Corridor and toll roads, a spokeswoman said.

“With the workload he had, he wasn’t able to give up a half day,” Perry spokeswoman Krista Moody said Friday of deputy chief of staff Kris Heckmann, Perry’s point person on transportation.


Heckmann’s decision doesn’t imply any criticism of the training, Moody added.

“We think it’s definitely going to be very beneficial for the policy professionals and policy wonks to get a better grasp on how to communicate their message and their vision to Texans,” Moody said.


The divisiveness of the transportation initiatives was the basis of an e-mail joke by TxDOT spokesman Chris Lippincott as he let people know about one of the training sessions, which was at the downtown Austin Club.

“Our room is reserved under the name ViaNovo,” he quipped, “because ‘Mile-Wide NAFTA Drug Corridor Conspiracy’ wouldn’t fit on the reservation card.”

They just don’t get it.

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