Palin tries new tactic to unload hated jet (4/22/2007)
The title is the headline from the much quoted Anchorage Daily News. The story is by Kyle Hopkins.
The state has tried selling its unwanted jet online four times and failed. So last week, the Palin administration signed a contract with an Anchorage aircraft broker who thinks he can succeed where eBay couldn't The eBay thing didn't work out very well, said Dan Spencer, director of administrative services for the Department of Public Safety. He's the person charged with trying to get rid of the infamous Westwind II.
The administration made a deal last week with Turbo North Aviation, promising the broker a 1.49 percent cut of the selling price.
Former Gov. Frank Murkowski bought the jet, which cost the state about $2.6 million, over the protests of the Legislature and used it to fly around the state, sometimes mixing campaign errands with government business.
After he defied almost everyone to acquire it, the jet became a political albatross for Murkowski. Gov.
...One of her campaign promises was to sell the plane and she's been trying to unload it for months.
...The state's definitely not going to give this plane away. If that was the case, then they would have sold it on eBay Heckmann said.