Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Strayhorn: "Whether it is a foreign company running our roads or operating our ports, it's wrong."


Foriegn control of Texas infrastructure and property decried by Carole Keeton Strayhorn

February 22, 2006

(AUSTIN) - Independent candidate for Governor Carole Keeton Strayhorn today said under her administration she will fight against foreign control of critical infrastructure and property.

"Our roads, our bridges, our seaports, our airports and our border crossings are vital to our economy and prime targets for terrorists," Strayhorn said. "Why take the chance and let a private or public foreign operation control vital Texas infrastructure and property?"

Strayhorn reiterated her call for Gov. Rick Perry to make public the secret 50-year contract his Texas Department of Transportation signed with Cintra, a European-based company, to build and charge Texans to drive on toll roads.

"Whether it is a foreign company running our roads or operating our ports, it's wrong," she said. "What happens if ownership of these foreign companies changes hands?"

"Texas belongs to Texans, not foreign companies," she said. "My administration will not be cutting secret sweetheart deals with foreign companies like Rick Perry has."

"His $184 billion Trans-Texas Catastrophe is a boondoggle and a land grab," she said. "Even though the Attorney General has ordered the contract be made public, Perry and his highway henchmen are fighting that ruling in court. What do they have to hide?"


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