Before here recent “airplane issues” Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo) was facing an uphill battle for reelection. But her flying problems are getting worse. Earlier this month, Politico reported that the senator spent nearly $76,000 of taxpayer money to fly a charter plane which she owns with her husband and other investors, for purely political trips. Its perfectly OK to bill the public for private plane trips made for Senate business, but billing the public for political trips is a definite no-no.
Apart from the obvious bulling the taxpayer for trips that were her expense, and not paying taxes McCaskill staked her reputation on transparency and stamping out government excess, so this looks real bad. She even made an issue of the use of planes in her unsuccessful bid for Governor in 2004. According to Politico:
During the crescendo of her primary challenge to Gov. Bob Holden in July 2004, then-state auditor McCaskill ran an ad showing an airplane circling around the outline of Missouri, slamming the governor for “taking over 300 taxpayer funded trips on the state airplane.”
When she ran for Senator she urged voters If my walk doesn’t match my talk, shame on me and don’t ever vote for me again.”
It may be time to listen to the Senator’s advice (if you cannot see video below, Click Here)