Politico: House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday he intends to take commercial flights home when he moves up to speaker in the new Congress.
“Over the last 20 years, I have flown back and forth to my district on commercial aircraft, and I am going to continue to do that,” he told reporters.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, took heat in 2007 when she started flying an Air Force jet that could go nonstop back to her congressional district in California.This is a nice gesture on Boehner’s part that will go a long way in help to repair the image of Republicans. However, it is just that a gesture. If Republicans want another wave in 2012, bigger fiscally conservative moves will be needed.
If Democrats decide to keep Pelosi, Boehner should publish the cost of his first flight and compare it to what Nancy wasted on one of her Air Pelosi flights. It will serve as a nice reminder why Democrats needed to be shown the door.