Bombastic Barney was a junket junkie in 2008

Looks like Barney Frank and John Tierney created quite the carbon footprints with all of those free trips last year.

The congressional crackdown on special interest junkets hasn’t grounded Bay State Democrats who continue to rack up frequent flier miles with trips around the globe for them and their staff members.

U.S. Rep. John Tierney (D-Salem) had his passport stamped the most, taking a $16,000 trip to Jordan for a conference on Islam in February and a $9,000 jaunt to Paris in August 2008. The tabs for both were paid by the nonpartisan think tank Aspen Institute.

U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Newton), meanwhile, took $6,500 in free trips in 2008, traveling to conferences in New York and Chicago and to Hollywood to appear as a guest on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” The show picked up his $1,998 tab.

But Frank defended his trips, saying, “None of them are vacations. Every one of those relates to the job I’m supposed to do. They were all things I did because they advanced the kinds of causes I’m in politics to advance.”

“Shows like Bill Maher are very useful,” he said. “It’s not just entertainment. I think it’s a very valuable public resource. Plus, there’s nothing they want from me, so there’s no quid pro quo.”

They should pay him to stay off the air if you ask me.

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9 thoughts on “Bombastic Barney was a junket junkie in 2008

  1. Man that sleazeball can say the most outrageous things with a straight face. Appearing on Bill Maher’s show is part of his job? You know that Frank makes Massachussetts a laughing stock with the rest of sane Ameirca? After his debacle with Freddie Mac (or was it Fannie Mae?) he should be embarraassed to even show his face.

  2. Former Red Sox slugger Tony Conigliaro had his carrier cut short when was hit in the face by a Jack Hamilton fastball.

    Barney Frank says he doesn’t see what the big deal is. He gets hit in the face with balls all the time and he’s none the worse for wear.

    • We can let that pass because of all the teabagging jokes from the likes of David Shuster, Mr. Rachel Maddow, and Miss Cooper Anderson. LOL

  3. Hello Loppy, I see that you too was purged.
    There is a place for you also over at LGF 2.0
    Oh, by the way
    GO SOX.

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