Last Updated: Wed, 01/05/2011 – 12:24pm
Reminiscent of the scandal in which she used military aircraft as her personal taxi, Nancy Pelosi stuck it to U.S. taxpayers on her way out as House Speaker with a lavish Hawaiian vacation featuring secret service and local police motorcades financed by Americans.
The famously corrupt California congresswoman spent her last days as Speaker at an exotic resort in Konas historic settlement of Kaupulehu, according to a Hawaiian newspaper thats working to get figures on local police and secret service costs. Not surprisingly, the feds refuse to provide details on Pelosis security detail and the Hawaii Police Department claims it cant release the number of officers it dedicated to Pelosis motorcade, whether they were pulled from other duties or paid overtime.
Whats certain, however, is that it cost big bucks and Americans are getting stuck with the hefty bill. Pelosi stayed in an elaborate suite of an exclusive natural tropical paradise that rents for $10,000 a night. She took a private plane to Hawaii and was escorted throughout her trip by a motorcade of secret service and local police officers. Two Hawaii County Police vehicles camped outside the resort to guard Pelosi during her week-long stay, according to sources quoted in the story.
During a similar jaunt to the big islands chick KonaCoast last year, HawaiiCounty taxpayers dished out more than $21,000 for Pelosis local security alone. Its not clear whether she arrived by private plane for that particular getaway, but its reasonable to assume she booked an Air Force jet since Pelosi used the military as her personal airline during her tenure as Speaker.
In fact, the veteran lawmaker was crowned Air Pelosi after a lengthy Judicial Watch investigation uncovered evidence of her shocking abuse of military luxury travel. Internal Pentagon records obtained through public records requests document Pelosis numerous requests for military escorts and aircraft to ferry her and her family around. Other documents demonstrate that Pelosi used Air Force aircraft as her own personal party planes, racking up more than $100,000 for in-flight expenses such as food and alcohol.
Pelosi has also been embroiled in several other scandals recently, including campaign finance violations, quadrupling the rent of her district office amid a dire financial crisis in her state and ignoring serious incidents of corruption within her own party after vowing to drain the swamp in Congress.