I spoke last night to a meeting of the Mt. Diablo Businesswomen and one of the questions the women asked me was whether or not Alaska Gov. and GOP veep candidate Sarah Palin lied during her acceptance speech about selling the state’s jet on Ebay.
I didn’t have an answer, so I checked it out.
No, she didn’t lie. But some people incorrectly believed the state sold the jet on eBay. It didn’t.
Here’s what she actually said at the Republican National Convention: “While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor’s office that I didn’t believe our citizens should have to pay for.That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.”
Yes, Palin put the jet up for sale on eBay. But the Westwind II jet never sold there.
According to PolitiFact: “The plane, bought by her Republican predecessor whom she beat in 2006, was listed for sale three times on the San Jose internet auction giant. But no one ever met the minimum bid. The plane was listed with an asking price of $2.5 million in 2007. The state had paid just under $2.7 million for it in 2005. Finally, the state turned to an aircraft broker, who sold the jet to an Alaskan businessman for $2.1 million.”
Frankly, it’s a difference without a distinction.
Palin unloaded the jet. And she did it in a state where it makes a whole lot of sense to have one. I have visited the Alaska communities of Nome, Kotzebue and Ambler and air travel was a necessity due to the rugged terrain and vast distances between communities.