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July 23, 2004
John Kerry, Jet-Set Deadbeat

I'm sure you've all heard that when royalty travels, they never carry cash and in most cases assume that the honor of serving them compensates the peasants in full. Either John Kerry considers himself royalty, or his campaign fundraising hasn't gone as well as he says:

When the biggest plane to ever land on the island touched down with U.S. Sen. John Kerry and his entourage, airport manager Al Peterson never imagined he would have trouble getting paid. ... But a caterer who bought food on the island for Kerry's campaign jet ducked one bill and haggled over another.

"Apparently they don't feel like he needs to pay fees to the airport," Peterson said. "I gather the senator objects to that because his aide quoted him as saying that he already pays taxes on the island."

Peterson is out $847 from the two visits Kerry has paid to the island since he became the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Really, how inept is the Kerry campaign, which obviously can't go a week without demonstrating a new angle for their tone-deafness? While Kerry didn't do the dine-and-dash himself, the people with which he's surrounded himself appear to be the most hopelessly inept staff, from his senior policy advisors all the way down to the bill-paying flunkies. After raising nearly $100 million for their campaign, they stiff a small businessman for $847.

It's been one hell of a week for Kerry aides. First Joe Wilson gets outed as a covert liar, then Kerry discovers that Sandy Berger has a double life, and that his good buddy Bill Clinton knew about it for months and neglected to inform him. (With friends like this ...) Now his accounts payable staff clumsily fumble a nickle-and-dime bill, first trying to pressure the man into dropping his price and then simply refusing to pay it altogether.

Perhaps instead of "Bring It On" as their campaign theme, it should be "I Haven't Got A Clue".

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 23, 2004 8:17 PM

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