The Chatter: Rep. Keith Hall racks up mileage and money, plus president uses Kentucky senators as punchlines
04/29/2013 01:29 PM
Rep. Keith Hall, D-Phelps, received the most of any Kentucky state legislator in expenses while the General Assembly was not in session and claimed that his long commute was to blame.
Hall was paid $22,804 during an eight month period while lawmakers were not in session. That covered mileage, overnight lodging and other expenses and was more than any other lawmaker.
The expenses were first reported by Tom Loftus of the Courier-Journal on Sunday after obtaining records of legislative expenses through an open records request.
In the article, Hall claims the reimbursement amounts are so high because of the distance he lives from the capitol in Frankfort leading to long commuting trips. The records show that Hall’s mileage reimbursements totaled $14,303.
President takes aim at both Kentucky senators in WHCD jokes
President Barack Obama had a chance to make jokes about a host of issues, including both of Kentucky’s U.S. Senators at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday night.
“Some folks still don’t think I spend enough time with Congress. ‘Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?’ they ask,” Obama said. “Really? Why don’t you get a drink with Mitch McConnell?”
Video courtesy of Politico:
Obama continued to say he would not give up his attempt to connect with Congress, vowing to take his “charm offensive” on the road to “a Texas BBQ with Ted Cruz, a Kentucky bluegrass concert with Rand Paul, and a book burning with Michele Bachmann.”
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