Palin Listed Alaska Executive Jet on eBay
After beating an incumbent republican in 2006, Sarah Palin took her seat in the executive chair of Alaska's Governor's mansion and immediately listed the State's 2.6 million dollar private jet on eBay.
Following through on one of her campaign promises, Sara Palin put the jet on the auction block and returned the proceeds to the people of Alaska.
One of the main reasons she made this promise was due to the fact that the incumbent Governor, Mr. Murkowski, bought the executive jet against the wishes of the Legislature.
The Murkowski administration bought the state’s only jet, for $2.692 million in November 2005, using a special account after it was denied money for the purpose by the Legislature and the federal government.
Palin used this side step by her predecessor as a way to energize the people of Alaska in her campaign for Governor. The jet became a sore point for the people of Alaska who are practical and saw no reason for the expenditure, when this aircraft could not land in rural areas of the vast State.
Ms. Palin said in a statement: “If the Department of Public Safety decides at a future date that it needs another aircraft, we will invest in something more sensible that can land on Alaska’s rural airstrips. Any purchase, if deemed necessary, will go through the normal legislative budget process.”
The State of Alaska has a long history of selling high dollar items on eBay. From Ferries and Patrol Boats to surplus office machines Stateofalaskasurplus has utilized eBay for the good of the people of the State of Alaska on several occasions.
Meg Whitman, former Chairman of The Board of eBay Inc., had been mentioned by several news reports as a possible running mate for John McCain on the Republican ticket for Vice President, prior to the Sarah Palin announcement. One wonders if Whitman was involved in this very interesting and high profile aircraft listing on eBay, posted by the eventual Vice Presidential nominee.