Can you sell a headache to someone else?
Claire McCaskill sure hopes so, as she has finally managed to sell her private jet. You know, the one she had dodged hundreds of thousands of tax dollars on? The one she illegally paid for flights on through her taxpayer-funded office account? Yeah, that one.
Her campaign is trying to spin it into some sort of noble gesture on her part:
Her spokesman said the sale, first reported Tuesday night by McClatchy Newspapers, makes good on McCaskill’s promise last spring “to sell the damn plane.”
“Claire said she would sell the plane and did. True to her word as always,” McCaskill spokesman Trevor Kincaid said in a statement. The 2001 Pilatus PC-12/45 aircraft, listed at $2.1 million, was “sold at a loss” for $1.9 million, Kincaid said.
But this was as much an attempt to brush a scandal under the rug as anything; it’s just apparently tough to find an airplane-sized rug to brush such a large mess under.
And, despite selling “at a loss”, her family still got a cool two million bucks for it; and at a time when the Democrats are trying to appeal to “the 99 percent” this is a welcome reminder of how well off Democratic members of Congress – protectors of “the little guys” – really are.
Obama famously attacked individuals with private planes as a scourge on our society, vilifying them. Does that make him and Claire BFF’s again?