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July 15, 2010

The Trib Chimes In On Missy's Car

It's been said I have a hate-hate relationship with the Tribune-Review.

Not so. The reporters I have met from Richard Mellon Scaife's newspaper have all been decent and rational.

It's with the editorial board that I have my issues.

But hate? Naw. Scaife's braintrust, because it's fully infected with teh crazie, is a more than reliable source of blog posts, the braintrust is the gift that keeps on giving.

But again, I have to give credit where credit is due. Today they got it right when they wrote about Missy Hart's car.

The text in full:
If you're longing for yet another example of how screwed up our federal government is, look no further than to the case of Melissa Hart's junker.

Ms. Hart, the former congresswoman who represented Pennsylvania's 4th Congressional District, was defeated for re-election nearly four years ago. But her car, a Volkswagen Jetta, has remained in office, so to speak.

As was first reported many months ago, the car was left in the Longworth House Office Building parking garage. Incredibly, such nonsense is allowed. Former members are allowed to park or store their cars in House parking garages free of charge and indefinitely.

With one major exception: You can't be a lobbyist. And since March 2009, Melissa Hart has been just that. Confronted, Hart says she'll remove the junker and donate it to charity.

But Hart feels no compunction to reimburse taxpayers for warehousing her car since she violated the terms of her perpetual perk. At $290 per month — the value the House Administration Committee puts on the space for tax purposes — Hart owes taxpayers about $4,600. She should pay up.

That said, the House should end the practice of free parking and storage for ex-members. It's a ridiculous perk that never should have been offered in the first place and one ripe for abuse, as the Hart incident shows.
The Trib is right. She should pay up. $4,600 can't be that much for a DC lobbyist. That's probably pocket change on K Street.

The fact that she feels no compunction to reimburse the taxpayers even such a piddling amount only reminds us how lucky we are that she's no longer a member of the House.


Pgh_Knight said...

How much was this reporter paid by Richard Mellon Scaife?

JenEngland said...

I just want to second your comment that the reporters at the Trib are decent and rational people. I genuinely respect most of the Trib reporters I have met and worked with over the years. It has to be tough for a reporter to work there and have to tell people at parties or around town, "Yes, I work for the Trib."

dragonlibra said...

ABC did a very funny video at the car last week and even called Hart.

Social Justice NPC Anti-Paladin™ said...

Look who defends and kisses the Police/District Attorney butt in a bogus "wiretapping" arrest.
Post Gazette
DA's office agrees to unusual settlement
People safe from arrest in taping of police work, DA reminds

EdHeath said...

Um, HTTT, ... hunh?

The connection would be?

Dayvoe said...


You should know by now that when HTTT or the CM loses an argument the response inevitably is to CHANGE THE SUBJECT.

That's what HTTT did.