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This Plane Might McCas-Kill Her Reelection Chances


From the Morning Jolt:

The Most Notorious Plane Since Oceanic Airlines Flight 815

Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, has stepped in it.

Politico: “Sen. Claire McCaskill is selling the personal plane that has caused her turbulence in recent weeks after POLITICO revealed she used taxpayer money to cover the cost of political travel. The first-term Democrat said she was very happy she was able to convince her husband to ‘sell the damn plane.’ In a conference call Monday afternoon, McCaskill revealed that after her own review of the plane’s records, she had not paid personal property taxes on the aircraft over the past four years. ‘I have discovered that the personal property taxes on the plane have not been paid. There should have been a reporting to the county of the existence of this plane. There are people I could blame for this, but I know better. I take full responsibility,’ McCaskill said to reporters, after revealing she had conducted her own audit of all 89 flights she had taken . . . McCaskill said she would be sending a check for $287,273 to St. Louis County Monday for the back taxes she owed between 2007 and 2010.”

I’m just going to observe that it says a great deal about the fairly privileged life of our lawmakers that a life in public service has left her with the means to write a check for $287,000.

At Michelle Malkin’s site, Doug Powers laughs: “But don’t worry, taxpayers — this kind of thing has only strengthened McCaskill’s resolve to crack down on people like . . . well, like Claire McCaskill . . . If this turns out to be too much of a political embarrassment, McCaskill may leave the Democrats to run for re-election next year with the more populist ‘Rent on my plane is too damn high’ party.”

Bill S. at RedState writes, “This wouldn’t be big news if not for McCaskill’s tendency to say one thing and do the other, as Mr. Smith noted in the quote above. Back in February, she co-sponsored a bill ‘that would fire federal employees if they are “seriously delinquent” in paying their own federal taxes,’ and Politico reports that back in 2009, she lasted the House Appropriations Committee for approving nearly $200 million for three Gulfstream 550 jets to carry members of Congress, military leaders and top administration officials . . . The Missouri GOP has filed a complaint with the Senate’s ‘Select Committee on Ethics,’ asking them to look at possible violations of Senate Rule 37 and how she has potentially misused taxpayer funds for her own interests. Lloyd Smith concludes the complaint document with a quote from McCaskill’s own web site: ‘Nothing irritates Americans more than the fact that some members of Congress think that they are entitled to their own set of rules. And it’s true — too many people in Washington live in an alternate reality. It’s time for that to stop.’ Why yes, Claire, it is. It’s time for you to stop ripping off taxpayers and come out of your alternate reality world where you can say one thing, do another, and expect us to ignore your hypocrisy.”

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