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.
4 years ago