Those who worked with Gina McCarthy in New England have no doubt she is the right woman to run the Environmental Protection Agency. The outstanding question is whether President Obama, who nominated her this week, will have her back if she is confirmed.
“She swears like a longshoreman with a Kennedy accent,” said Doug Foy, who was secretary of commonwealth development under Governor Mitt Romney. McCarthy was his deputy secretary for the environment. “We had utility companies running old dirty power plants, and Gina called them out. But she’d do it in a humorous way, like, ‘We know you’re trying to ignore us.’ ”