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Democrats criticize Republican Sen. Roy Blunt for airplane travel

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP

Missouri Democrats are squawking about Sen. Roy Blunt’s use of an aircraft to travel across the state this week. Blunt, like all of his Senate colleagues, is on an August recess.

He’s made several appearances this week. He’s chartered an aircraft, at taxpayer expense, to make some of the stops.

“Sen. Blunt … may be using their tax dollars to pay for him to travel the state in luxury,” said a statement from Chris Hayden, Missouri Democratic Party spokesman.

Hayden also said the aircraft in question belongs to a Blunt campaign donor.

A Blunt spokesman said the plane was chartered, and that the travel is “official” — meaning the cost will be paid out of the Senate office budget, not by his campaign.

Using an airplane to travel the state is common for many Missouri politicians in both parties. Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has been criticized for using state aircraft to travel to official events.

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