Remember when Newt Gingrich was pilloried for complaining about getting a bad seat on Air Force One? Newt's got nothing on San Fran Nan, who apparently insists on having a military Gulfstream V at her beck and call:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has repeatedly requested military aircraft to shuttle her and her colleagues and family around the country, according to a new report from a conservative watchdog group.
Representatives for Judicial Watch, which obtained e-mails and other documents from a Freedom of Information request, said the correspondence shows Pelosi has abused the system in place to accommodate congressional leaders and treated the Air Force as her "personal airline."
The group reported that Pelosi was notorious for making special demands for high-end aircraft, lodging last-minute cancellations, and racking up additional expenses for the military.
In one e-mail, aide Kay King complained to the military that they had not made available any aircraft the House speaker wanted for Memorial Day recess.
"It is my understanding there are NO G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable ... The Speaker will want to know where the planes are," King wrote.
In another, when told a certain type of aircraft would not be available, King wrote: "This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset Speaker."
Hey, Nancy, a little advice. While you're out there spending money the next generation hasn't even earned yet, it's not terribly seemly to be beyotching about not getting to fly for free in a G-5. Even though it means you might have to actually rub elbows with a taxpayer, you really ought to start buying tickets. The Madame Speaker crap doesn't fly (pardon the pun) outside the Beltway.