Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Steve Simpson. He loves to fly, and it shows.
Stephen Simpson, Republican nominee for Attorney General and former Commissioner of Public Safety, spent his time as Commissioner of Public Safety earning his wings on a state plane. From April 16, 2008 to January 13, 2011 Simpson used state-owned aircraft on 48 occasions. These uses consisted of 124 individual flight legs. (A leg is any time the plane takes off and lands.)
Of the 48 uses, 22 trips went thru his hometown of Gulfport.
There were no flights on Fridays. The only weekend travel appears to be for funerals and visitations. Flight costs range from $180-$900/hr and Simpson’s total flight expenses were $74,542.00. If he'd used a car to cover those trips, the projected cost of travel to and from these same destinations at $0.50/mail would have been $8,234.45
Here are the flight logs:
And here's a breakdown of the flight costs compared to driving:
I've got a new campaign slogan for the Attorney General hopeful: "Steve Simpson: Something special in the air."