California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown sometimes travels in a turboprop airplane operated by the state attorney general's office, despite recently saying that as governor he would cut back on expenses including private jets and "things considered luxuries."When Whitman flies you can bet she doesn't expect the taxpayers to pay for it.
Records reviewed Thursday by The Associated Press show the plane has been used on at least nine days over the last year.
Christine Gasparac, a spokeswoman for the attorney general's office, said Brown used the Beechcraft Super King Air 200 just three times since July 2009, all on official state business: to attend the funeral for a California Highway Patrol officer on March 8; for a gang takedown and press conference in Salinas on April 22; and to attend a meeting with local sheriffs in Truckee on June 17.
Gasparac said all flights included only Department of Justice personnel, except on the Fresno flight, when California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow accompanied them.
"It's a law enforcement plane, and they only use it for law enforcement purposes," she said.
In an interview with Univision last week, Brown described how he would save the state money, saying to "begin with, I would cut back the governor's expenses, like the private jet, mansion and things considered luxuries."
Thursday, August 5, 2010
One week after saying he'd get rid of the (non-existent) governor's plane, we learn Jerry Brown has been tooling around on a state-owned Beechcraft Super King
and have tax-payers pay for it.