Taxpayers Finance Pelosi’s Lavish Hawaiian Farewell
JANUARY 05, 2011
Reminiscent of the scandal in which she used military aircraft as her personal taxi, Nancy Pelosi stuck it to U.S. taxpayers on her way out as House Speaker with a lavish Hawaiian vacation featuring secret service and local police motorcades financed by Americans.The famously corrupt California congresswoman spent her last days as Speaker at an exotic resort in Kona’s historic settlement of Ka’upulehu, according to a Hawaiian newspaper that’s working to get figures on local police and secret service costs. Not surprisingly, the feds refuse to provide details on Pelosi’s security detail and the Hawaii Police Department claims it can’t release the number of officers it dedicated to Pelosi’s motorcade, whether they were pulled from other duties or paid overtime.What’s certain, however, is that it cost big bucks and Americans are getting stuck with the hefty bill. Pelosi stayed in an elaborate suite of an exclusive “natural tropical paradise” that rents for $10,000 a night. She took a private plane to Hawaiiand was escorted throughout her trip by a motorcade of secret service and local police officers. Two Hawaii County Police vehicles camped outside the resort to guard Pelosi during her week-long stay, according to sources quoted in the story.During a similar jaunt to the big island’s chick Kona Coast last year, Hawaii Countytaxpayers dished out more than $21,000 for Pelosi’s local security alone. It’s not clear whether she arrived by private plane for that particular getaway, but it’s reasonable to assume she booked an Air Force jet since Pelosi used the military as her personal airline during her tenure as Speaker.In fact, the veteran lawmaker was crowned Air Pelosi after a lengthy Judicial Watch investigation uncovered evidence of her shocking abuse of military luxury travel. Internal Pentagon records obtained through public records requests document Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and aircraft to ferry her and her family around. Other documents demonstrate that Pelosi used Air Force aircraft as her own personal party planes, racking up more than $100,000 for in-flight expenses such as food and alcohol.Pelosi has also been embroiled in several other scandals recently, including campaign finance violations, quadrupling the rent of her district office amid a dire financial crisis in her state and ignoring serious incidents of corruption within her own party after vowing to “drain the swamp” in Congress.
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