Grand standing after Metro-North crash a bit much

It appears a Jeep stopped on the tracks caused the deadly Metro-North accident tonight in Valhalla.  And before the sun had come up a few members of Congress – from Connecticut – decided it was a good time to release statements that really make you wonder.

From the Connecticut Post:  

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., expressed sorrow over the accident, and called for fast answers on the crash’s cause.

“I’m impressed and grateful for the immediate response of the emergency personnel, but my heart and my prayers go out to anybody who was injured, and to the families of the fatalities as well,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “I’ve contacted the Federal Railroad Administration and asked for an immediate investigation.

Thank goodness you asked for an investigation; no one in New York would have thought of that.  And, not for nothing, at least six people died so I’d imagine the FRA probably would have showed up even if you hadn’t called.

And this from U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, also from the Connecticut Post:  

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of tonight’s horrific crash on Metro-North and their families during this difficult time…Commuters and their families need to be able to rely on safe, timely rail service. As a member of the Rail Subcommittee on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I will be raising serious questions with Metro-North and the Federal Railroad Administration on what actions can be taken to prevent this in the future. I’ve worked closely on rail safety efforts on the Committee, and tonight’s crash is a glaring indication that more must be done.”

And thank you for building yourself up as our savior by “raising serious questions” about train safety at a time when you’d been better off stopping the statement at “this difficult time.”


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