Years ago, Sen Joe Manchin was governor of West Virginia, when they won a judgment against the makers of Oxy-Contin for 44 million dollars. The money was to be used for public health causes like fighting illegal drugs. Well, Manchin decided a 3 million dollar helicopter for himself fell under that category and tried to buy one. His plans were discovered, and he was stopped. But getting caught does not make his actions any less deceptive or unethical. I was going to save this story for thirty years from now when President Malia Obama named Manchin helicopter czar, but I decided to use it to help defeat him this year.
According to the Free Beacon, the Democratic governor quietly had other plans for $3 million of that settlement cash.
“Manchin was trying to secure a personal ‘Governor’s Helicopter’ with the funding, at a time when opioid deaths were climbing to the highest rate in the nation,” explained the Free Beacon.
And how in the world did the liberal governor try to justify splurging on the aircraft he wanted? His staff apparently stretched the definition of “good causes” to include playthings usually reserved for millionaires.
“We may want to put forth a good, detailed plan to satisfy those areas [of prevention, awareness, education] but we may be wanting to think out of the box a little bit,” the Charleston Daily Mail quoted Manchin’s cabinet secretary for military affairs and public safety as saying.
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