Some Capitol sightings

Mineta.jpgAnother Norm sighting. Norm, as former Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta is called by most aviation-people in Washington, is looking good. He’s been at a recent airline summit and aviation club lunches and he is at least as spry as when he was at L’Enfant Plaza (the old home of the Transport Department). And he’s been busy. He just wrote and signed a letter to his successor, Mary Peters, urging the department to approve Evergreen International for a US-China cargo route. Two other carriers, Kalitta and TradeWinds, are also seeking the route, but Evergreen has done it work, garnering letters from Mineta as well as the Ohio congressional delegation, Washington State members of Congress and. But getting Norm, now the vice-chairman of DC powershop Hill & Knowlton, is a coup.

Tireless, if not indefatigable. That‘s Kevin Mitchell of the Business Travel Coalition. He wrote to President Bush the other day to demand that he bring Congress come back to town (it left Friday) to debate and then formulate new energy policy. He didn’t wait for them to leave but set up a new site, 100 Dollar Oil, detailing the larger impacts of the fuel crisis and asking people to sign his letter.

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