Congresswoman Hoping to Lead Transportation Committee Caught in ‘Worst Parking Job Ever’
Washington D.C. — A congresswoman hoping to soon lead a powerful committee that shapes transportation policy might want to work on her parking skills.
A video from 2015 has recently emerged on social media showing Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) attempting to park her small car into a wide-open spot along New Jersey Avenue Northeast in D.C.
Let’s just say it doesn’t go so well.
Roll Call reported that onlookers captured the scene as Delegate Norton, who was 77 years old at the time, repeatedly scraped a small SUV to her left before bumping a sedan on her right as she tried to park between the Longworth and Cannon House Office buildings.
“If she parks like that she should not be a member of Congress anymore,” one witness said.
“Unbelievable! No note or anything,” another observer exclaimed as Del. Norton returned to her vehicle briefly before walking away. “If she leaves it like that, it’s the worst parking job I’ve ever witnessed.”
The video is hard to watch, but check it out below.
Del. Norton, who currently chairs the Highways and Transit Subcommittee, is vying to replace retiring Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) as the chair of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee which makes a host of laws greatly impacting truckers and the trucking industry.
If there’s one thing we at Transportation Nation Network hear frequently from truckers, it’s they want legislators who make the laws and regulations that impact them to actually have some experience (or at least understanding) of what it takes to operate a commercial vehicle.
Lawmakers like Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) are now using the parking travesty for political advantage.
“Speaker Pelosi is seriously considering this person to serve as the chairwoman of the Transportation Committee,” Massie Tweeted on Monday.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) January 17, 2022
Del. Norton is now in her fifteenth term in Congress after having led the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission during President Jimmy Carter’s administration.
Fortunately for her, she pursued a career in politics because clearly trucking was out of the question.