By Bob Cusack - 09/19/11 10:52 PM EDT
The most famous bridge in politics is, of course, the Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska.
But a couple of bridges that connect Ohio to Kentucky are making a run for the title.
The bridge, which connects Cincinnati to northern Kentucky, has had some problems of late. But not as many as the Sherman Minton, another Ohio-Kentucky bridge that was recently shut down because of major structural problems.
The closure has wreaked havoc on interstate commerce. And Rep. John YarmuthJohn YarmuthA case for the Yarmuth-Price resolution Subcommittee clears bill on cap for phone, internet subsidies Lawmakers split on cap for internet, phone subsidies at hearing MORE (D-Ky.) said commutes have ballooned from 15 minutes to two hours.
During an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last week, Yarmuth criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Finance: House rejects financial adviser rule; Obama rebukes Sanders on big banks Senators roll out changes to criminal justice bill Sanders is most popular senator, according to constituent poll MORE (R-Ky.), challenging him to step up and help remedy the situation.
McConnell told ITK last week that he is pro-bridge, through and through.
“The bridge is in need of being rebuilt … there are a lot of infrastructure needs [in the state].”
To show his commitment, McConnell (without a tie!) held a press conference over the weekend with Yarmuth to highlight the need to fix the bridge.
“The issues of roads and bridges are not partisan in Washington,” McConnell said.
Well, maybe a little.