Virginia’s Republican Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin doesn’t take office until Jan. 15 – yet some critics Tuesday tried to blame him, instead of the commonwealth’s outgoing Democratic incumbent, for a traffic mess on part of the state’s 179-mile-long stretch of Interstate 95.
Hundreds of travelers – including U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. — were stranded in their vehicles overnight Monday into Tuesday in frigid conditions along the northern third of the highway in Virginia.
However, one of the stranded motorists – New Jersey parent Joseph Catalano — told Fox News he reached out to the actual sitting governor, Democrat Ralph Northam, while he and his family were trying to travel home from Disney World in Florida.
Tucker Carlson, Tucker Carlson Tonight’s host, pointed out that many others had impulsively blamed Youngkin for the crisis.
DRIVERS DEMAND ANSWERS FROM VIRGINIA OPERATORS AFTER I-95’S SNOW CRISIS
Carlson pointed out a tweet by anti-Trump Republican pundit Jonah Goldberg. He said that if he were Glenn Youngkin, he’d flood the zone. As images spread of drivers stuck on frozen blacktop in places such as Ladysmith, Spotsylvania, and Carmel Church, conditions on the parallel, older U.S. Highway 1 were worse.
Other critics called it “not a good start” for Youngkin, while another critic lamented, “does Virginia’s new Governor Youngkin know people have been stranded on I-95 for 15 hours?”
But Carlson also spoke with Northern Virginia radio host Vince Coglianese, who observed that Youngkin – despite being wrongly blamed for the crisis – was receiving briefings and speaking with the media about the snow catastrophe.
Coglianese said that Northam wasn’t tweeting about the crisis until 8 a.m. ET, after many motorists spent a cold night in their cars.
“Glenn Youngkin wasn’t even in office,” he added.
Certain new officeholders, such as Eric Adams, New York City Mayor, took office January 1, but there is no national date for state and local officials to assume office.
Coglianese also raised concerns about the absence of U.S. Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg, pointing out that I-95 and its West Coast counterpart Interstate 5 were probably the most important longitudinal highways throughout the country.
“He has done nothing for the relief of the pressure?” Carlson made the comment.
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A few top Washington figures were caught in the snow-in, including Kaine, who claimed he was traveling from Richmond, Virginia to D.C. with NBC News reporter Joshua Lederman.
Lederman claimed that he was stuck in the car overnight on the highway.
In full, Interstate 95 runs more than 1,900 miles – from a Canadian border crossing near Houlton, Maine, to its end in Miami – serving many major cities in between.
Greg Norman, Fox News, contributed to this report.
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