Greg Sargent has a Q and A with Rep. Brady:
Brady had previously suggested that D.C. Metro’s failure might have resulted in lower turnout at the 9/12 rally. Asked to square this complaint with his vote against the stimulus, which provides millions of dollars for D.C. Metro, he insisted there’s no contradiction.
“The stimulus is supposed to be for creating jobs, for creating new lines and expanding and modernizing their existing facilities,” Brady said of the stimulus money alloted to D.C. Metro, adding that the money has “nothing to do with the day to day operations of it.”
Brady didn’t directly answer when I asked him whether it was contradictory to expect government to do more — at potentially increased taxpayer expense — to meet the needs of a protest organized around opposition to government spending.
“The question [for D.C. Metro] is, Did you prepare for this major event, and in what way?” Brady said. He acknowledged, however, that he didn’t know whether the tea party organizers reached out to D.C. Metro in advance, saying this was a “shared responsibility.”