Friday, September 05, 2008

Boss, Boss.......The Plane!


Myth #1:

One of the compelling anecdotes about Sarah Palin is that she auctioned off the Alaska governor's jet on eBay after taking office -- a swift move made by a reformer hoping to clean up the excesses of her predecessor.

It started with the speech at the RNC and has been flogged non-stop by John McCain ever since.

Only problem is, the reality is just a wee bit different:

It appears that, as promised during her bid for governor in 2006, Palin did try to sell the plane on eBay but that doing so was not as easy as it might have sounded. After putting it up to auction, there was one serious bid, in December 2006, and it fell through. Still, the Westwind II was sold about eight months later, achieving Palin's goal of ridding the state of a luxury item.

Of course, this can all be massaged as just a slight bit of we mispoke ourselveseitis, right?

Not so fast, Batman!

Because McCain keeps shoveling on the shite with statements like the following (a.k.a. Myth #2):

"You know what I enjoyed the most? She took the luxury jet that was acquired by her predecessor and sold it on eBay -- and made a profit!" McCain declared in Wisconsin at a campaign stop on Friday.

Which is total crapola, as Anne Kornblut, the author of the above quoted speech has just told MSNBC - it was sold at a loss.

And here's the kicker.

According to Kornblut, it was actually sold to a Palin campaign contributor.

Officials in McCain's campaign did not immediately reply to requests for comment.


Update: San Jose Mercury News now reports the plane was sold for significantly under book to an Alaskan 'Businessman'.
DoubleSecretProbationUpdate: ChiTrib is reporting that the plane was sold to an entrepreneur from Valdez.


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