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.