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Governor Caught Using State Jet for Campaign Events

So, what’s new with the one incumbent Democratic governor who’s up for reelection this year?

Gov. Steve Beshear will reimburse the state for using a state plane for a political event Monday, his campaign manager said Friday.

Beshear’s campaign manager, Bill Hyers, acknowledged that the governor, a Democrat, attended a political event late Monday in Louisa. The stop came during two days of traveling around the state to gain public support for his Medicaid plan.

Beshear said Monday morning at a stop in Lexington that he was using a state airplane to urge the public to call Senate Republicans to side with his Medicaid plan to avoid cuts in state agencies and education.

He contended that his trips to nine Kentucky cities during the first two days of a special legislative session to try to resolve the Medicaid issue were not related to his re-election campaign.

Well, look, anybody can make a mistake once, right? Oh.

In the 2007 race for governor, Fletcher’s opponents criticized him for his use of state aircraft.

Fletcher repaid the state $19,359.21 for use of official aircraft to attend 35 campaign events.

Lest you think every governor does this sort of thing . . .

The “ultimate symbol of waste and excess.” That’s how Republican Gov. Susana Martinez views New Mexico’s executive jet.

She vowed during her campaign to get rid of the Cessna Citation Bravo, and now her administration is working to do just that.

The seven-seat plane is already up for sale on the governor’s website and the site of the state General Services Department, but the listings have failed to garner any serious inquires. Officials began seeking bids Friday for an aviation broker who can help find a buyer.

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