Mike McNulty's free ride

mercury mariner

This is the 2008 model, but you get the idea.

Apparently one of the perks of being a member of Congress is that you have the option of having tax payers pay the tab on a car for you. In a NYT look at what New York's Congressional delegation is driving, we find out that Mike McNulty rocks a 2007 Mercury Mariner Hybird SUV, which he (or, really, we) leases for $816 a month.

McNulty's the only member of the Empire State delegation to use the perk on a hybrid. He says it gets a little better than 25 mpg, and according to the Times that makes McNulty's ride the most fuel-efficient among New York's Congresspeople. Not that he's one of those hybrid snobs, though. "I'm not going to judge another member's decision ... Mine was utility," McNulty told NYT.

So now we're wondering what kind of car the people aiming to replace McNulty will pick.

photo: Mercury

Comments

$816 a MONTH??? Is the car made of gold? Who negotiated that lease? Let's hope his replacement takes into account utility, fuel efficiency AND cost to the taxpayers.

Yea, $816 a month seems like an awful lot. The rich get richer.

Hey, Mike: Don't park that thing next to Patrick Kennedy's car.

Why can't they pay for their own cars?

Why the more I learn about politicians they more they remind me not of advocates for change but of big spoiled babies where people do everything for them..give them treats and fix their filthy messes....and really this political system serves them quite well these self serving rich jerks and this unsustainable financial and political system...look where our economy is...
Thanks McNulty and the rest of the spoiled, diaper baby politicians!

What, nobody wants their own fag bug? Pfft, whatever man!

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