Palin’s ‘Luxury’ Jet Didn’t Sell on eBay
ANCHORAGE — You would think after being here a week I would have learned my lesson. Always vet.
I didn’t check Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s claim in her acceptance speech for the GOP vice presidential nomination on Wednesday night that she had sold the governor’s “luxury” jet on eBay.
Luckily, The Los Angeles Times is on the case.
It turns out Palin did put the 23-year-old jet on eBay. But it didn’t sell.
A local entrepreneur ultimately bought it for $2.1 million — $300,000 below asking price.
What was this luxury 10-seater’s main use? To ferry convicts to a prison in Arizona. From The Times:
Because Alaska does not have adequate prison capacity, it contracts for space with a private facility near Phoenix. On Thursday, 24 percent of the 4,546 Alaskans in jail or prison were serving their time at Arizona’s Red Rock Correctional Center, said Richard Schmitz, spokesman for the Alaska Dept. of Corrections.
When the state began using the plane in November 2005, prisoner transport accounted for 58 percent of the jet’s use, and Murkowski’s office used it 23 percent of the time. Over time, Murkowski’s usage increased.
Today, without the jet, the U.S. Marshals Service transports 90 percent of Alaska prisoners to Arizona, with Alaska Airlines taking the rest on commercial flights.
Maybe someone should check just what happened to that private chef. Just kidding!