Friday, February 16, 2007

"You should take a ride in it, it's nice"

Yes Gov. Patrick, I am sure it is.

Patrick Upgrades State Vehicle From Ford To Cadillac
Vehicle Being Leased For $1,166 Per Month

BOSTON -- Gov. Deval Patrick, who has asked all state agencies to cut their spending by 5 to 10 percent as the state copes with what he says is a $1 billion deficit, has upgraded his state-provided transportation from a Ford Crown Victoria to a Cadillac DeVille.
The jet black vehicle, with tinted windows and security features including concealed blue lights and sirens, is being leased by the state for $1,166 per month. His former vehicle was part of the State Police fleet.
"You should take a ride in it, it's nice," he told an Associated Press reporter who asked him about the Cadillac as he arrived at the Statehouse on Friday.
"I tried to get the car like the one my predecessor had," the new governor said, referring to the black Crown Victoria used by former Gov. Mitt Romney. "They don't make it any more."
Patrick said, "I took the counsel of the State Police" in selecting the Cadillac, since the agency supplies the troopers who provide his personal security and drive him throughout the state. He said the vehicle Romney used had 90,000 miles on the odometer and a broken heater.
Romney frequently rode in other Crown Victorias used by additional troopers in the governor's protective detail, as well as a Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Yukon maintained for emergencies when four-wheel drive is necessary.
Asked about the symbolism of driving in a vehicle usually associated with a luxury lifestyle, the governor grew exasperated and said, "It's a car. It's American-made."
Earlier this week, Patrick deflected questions about his use of a State Police helicopter, an asset Romney said he used only once during his four-year term.
The new governor took the chopper from North Adams back to Boston last month to rush between a meeting with municipal officials in the Berkshires and the inaugural festivities for state constitutional officers at the Statehouse. Earlier this month, he took a second flight to return to Boston after attending a funeral on Cape Cod for a soldier killed in Iraq.
When asked about his helicopter use, Patrick said, "You should call that family from Hyannis that lost their son in Iraq and see if they have a problem with me using the helicopter."
He added, "I have a really crowded calendar and a very ambitious agenda, so I'm going to use every resource available."

Wow, the previous car had 90,000 miles and a broken heater!!! Oh no!!!!!

Listen asshat, here in the real world you fix the heater and you drive the car. My car has a 184,000 miles on it. Even if you had a problem that was not cost effective to fix, there are a million deals better than this one.

I voted for Kerry Healey.


Shawmut said...

Perhaps Deval had a better car before he nodded to the bid to become the Democrats' vanity victor.
As he stood for nothing during his campaign with exception of criminal and 'illegal' alien rights - well, let's be honest - privileges, why should we expect anything other.
As for the "Don't blame me, I voted for Muffy" paean, the problem there is that we had Muffy in the first place.
From "Half-Time Jane" on we had no farmteam to work with. Mitt, in spite of his well financed win, had to take her on to salve the bruising in sweeping Swift out.
Muffy was a "Swifty" to the tread (stepping over the prols). The RMV, Kim Hindren, that Swift appointed after her eight yearss as a Harshbarger phlack was held on until she flared out in a power trip. The Commissioner of Insurance was retained - DOI being a regulatory agency that is regulated by its subject industry and more responnsive to the AG than the Governor.
Politically, the party was obeying the law of gravity with fervor. Whomever Mitt didn't alienate within the first six months, Muffy did.
Regretfully, the GOP did more to bring us Deval than the Democrats.
Look at "Half-Time Jane's" inner circle; Steve Crosby (who led the charge (sing "Jubilation T. Cornpone")that defeated Frank Sargent as his campaign manager, Abner Mason, Chief Secretary (an add water and stir RINO and 'emminence griese' of the 'Mary Todd Lincoln Brigade') and even those that held on for image sake.
When did they work the hustings?
So many were on ego trips from other peoples 'frequent campaigner miles' that implosion was only a natural event.
Deval's Cadillac isn't his frist easy ride. The GOP paved his road for him.

BostonMaggie said...

Wow, you are very bitter, but you have all your facts and I must defer to your judgement.....but I did vote for Kerry.

Mostly I am just enjoying the hurt and disappointment expressed by the Libs who voted for Deval. It's immature, I know, I know.

Shawmut said...

After serving twelve years on the GOP State Committee and watching the erosion of the party's integrity, I may be slurping the wine from sour grapes. So your perception is valid.
However, even with that, I watched the ship of fools gradually listing. Too many deck chairs, tens of first officers and indifference to balast.
Bitter can be valid. It's just not popular.

BostonMaggie said...

Bitter can be valid. You have some interesting things to say.....don't you blog?