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Chatter grows about Foxx and DOT

RALEIGH Is Anthony Foxx headed to Washington?

If there’s anything to the chatter at the N.C. General Assembly, he is.

Sources, including a transportation industry lobbyist, say they’ve heard increasing speculation that Charlotte’s mayor is about to be nominated as U.S. transportation secretary, possibly this week.

Reports that Foxx has been under consideration for the job surfaced last month. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced in January that he would step down once a replacement was named.

Foxx announced this month that he would not seek a third term as mayor.

He could not be reached Tuesday. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment.

Last month, published reports said President Barack Obama was considering Foxx along with Deborah Hersman, the head of the National Transportation Safety Board, as well as some internal DOT staffers.

Foxx has a history with the president.

In 2010, he hosted Obama on a tour of the Celgard electric battery plant in southwest Charlotte. He visited the White House on more than one occasion, taking the opportunity to lobby for the Democratic National Convention.

Last year, he hosted the convention that nominated the president for a second term.

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