Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Charlie Wilson Vacations in San Francisco; Ohio Taxpayers Foot the Bill

This just in from the Blasdel campaign:
LISBON, OH – Charlie Wilson is a millionaire. So that begs the question, why did Wilson take a boondoggle to America ’s liberal playground, San Francisco , and make Ohio ’s taxpayers foot the bill?

“It’s hard for me to understand why a millionaire would need to take taxpayer dollars to pay for his plush accommodations at the San Francisco Marriott,” said Blasdel Campaign Manager Ryan Stenger . “This is not the kind of stewardship of taxpayer money that voters look for in their representative to Congress.”

In July of 2003, then State Rep. Charlie Wilson needed a summer vacation from his home in the 18th Congressional District so it was off to San Francisco , for a so called legislative conference. The National Council of State Legislators, NCSL, proved to be, for Charlie at any rate, a way to get Ohio taxpayers to pay for a vacation. Tanned and relaxed, Charlie returned and submitted a request to be reimbursed from the State of Ohio , and was given $800.

“Charlie should pay back every penny of that money to the State of Ohio ,” said Stenger. “This just shows how out of touch Charlie is with the voters of the 6th district. I can’t believe anybody in Southeast Ohio would be happy to know that they helped pay for Charlie to tour Haight/Ashbury.”
For supporting documentation on the reimbursement please click here.

16 comments:

BizzyBlog said...

Wilson is always on vacation from the 6th District he doesn't live in, and won't move into.

Kevin said...

Call me an elitist, but a Marriott is most certainly not plush. I prefer the Four Seasons on Market Street.

Kevin said...

Upon further review...

Wilson attended a conference for State Legislators. He paid a modest amount for coach airfare and a (pardon my local vernacular) wicked cheap rate for a "par" hotel. I wouldn't say that Wilson is out of touch with the Ohio electorate, as his travel accommodations were quite modest. It appears to me that the Blasdel campaign is out of touch with the concept of business expense.

Matt Hurley said...

Hey, Kevin, when you go on vacation, does the state ever pay for it?

Kevin said...

Is it a vacation simply because the Blasdel campaign says it is? It's a conference for state legislators. Seems justifiable to me. And who comes back from SF with a tan?

Matt Hurley said...

So, you'll agree that when Bush "vacations" in Texas while bringing along all he needs to work as President of the United States every day, the lefty moonbats are crazy to criticize him too...

Kevin said...

There's a difference between a working vacation and a conference. I'm sure Wilson wasn't doing any landscaping while at the Moscone Center.

Matt Hurley said...

I'll give ya that much...

I do think this is much ado about very little, but I find it awful interesting that Wilson thinks it is a-okay for a multi-millionaire to have the taxpayers pony up the funds for him to learn how to do his job...something he should have had a clue about before running in the first place.

Kevin said...

Well no one is so intelligent that they can't learn new things. In the business world, we are constantly encouraging staff to learn new skills and processes. Conferences are good for those purposes. They provide a forum for education and collaboration

Matt Hurley said...

I don't think taxpayers should be paying for that... I just don't. If you've run for public office, you should already have a clue about what you're doing. And if you don't, you sure as heck shouldn't expect the taxpayers to foot the bill for your education. I'm paying for my education...so should Charlie Wilson.

Kevin said...

I haven't met this "all-knowing" person who needs no re-education yet. I'd love to meet them. I would venture to guess that those expenses incurred by politicians that are not picked up by interest groups are reimbursed by tax dollars.

Matt Hurley said...

I don't think that taxpayer funds should be used for the education of multi-millionaires. Apparently, you feel differently...I'll just chalk that up as the difference between liberals and conservatives...

MATT

Kevin said...

Does your company expect you to pay for training or conferences that are related to or can help you to better perform your job?

Matt Hurley said...

Did you campaign for your job and ask people to vote for you knowing that the taxpayers would be paying your salary?

Kevin said...

I did not. I don't have much more to say in this matter other than the Blasdel campaign is showing some naivete regarding public office. No doubt several state politicians have taken business trips and were reimbursed by the state. My point is that a Marriott is an extremely reasonable (especially in SF) hotel to stay in for a public servant.

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