Emperor's hand-picked Secretary of Transportation sued for being a ghost employee for 4 years before being picked
Foxx went from city councilman in 2005 to become mayor of Charlotte, NC in November, 2009. Four years later the emperor chose Foxx to be Transportation Secretary. The U.S. senate unanimously voted to confirm him in June of 2013.
I'm sure the emperor chose Foxx because of all that experience as mayor of Charlotte, huh.
By coincidence, DesignLine filed for bankruptcy in 2013. And last August the bankruptcy trustee sued Foxx, claiming he didn't actually do any work for the company, and thus should be forced to repay $421,000 in salary.
Surely--surely--you'd think someone in his circle would have vetted this guy, eh? Wonder what made the emperor appoint such a minimally-qualified, unvetted, ghost employee to a cabinet post?
Oh, maybe I understand now.
A bit more info: DesignLine was a fairly new company that supposedly built hybrid-electric buses. Their main customer was the Charlotte airport, and in 2007--two years after Foxx was elected to the city council--the city bought a bunch of the buses. They were scrapped in 2014 because of what were reported as "maintenance problems."
Gee, what would make a city take a flyer on millions of dollars worth of fancy, unproven electric buses? Guess the same thing that made the federal Department of Energy give a half-Billion dollar loan (never repaid) to Solyndra, which immediately went bankrupt after paying handsome bonuses to execs.
And here for the bus story.