Hoosier Rep's Leased Caddy Shines Light on Local Pol's Cars

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

"Keeping federal taxes low and ensuring that those funds are spent wisely by Washington bureaucrats will continue to be my highest priority. I'm proud of my record as a fiscal conservative." That's Dan Burton's official response to the revelation that the Indianapolis congressional representative leases a Cadillac DeVille at the taxpayer's expense. While Dan has the right idea– $700 a month for a Caddy pales in comparison to, um, anything you'll find in the federal pork barrel– the brouhaha shows that A) the Cadillac brand still has power despite everything GM has done to destroy it and B) some politicians just can't help themselves. Or can and do. Anyway, The Indianapolis Star has a rundown (so to speak) of their pols whips. Needless to say, they're all American, including a Buick, Dodge Grand Caravan, Chrysler Pacifica, Oldsmobile minivan (?), Chrysler 300 and a brace of Impalas. Seems the presidential candidates' predilection for the Ford Escape Hybrid hasn't trickled down quite yet.

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  • Donal Donal on Aug 31, 2007

    Yeah, it seems to have taken Fred Thompson quite a while to find just the right pickup truck to rent for this campaign. I remember when the PA governor Tom Ridge got in trouble for riding a Serotta made in NY instead of a Cannondale.

  • Redbarchetta Redbarchetta on Aug 31, 2007

    A Chrysler 300 for $768/month, is it dipped in gold. More abuse from our elected officials, what a suprise.

  • Jcain Jcain on Aug 31, 2007
    Advantages: The GSA uses its bulk-buying power to negotiate lower rates. "Lower rates?" A Chrysler 300 for 5-series money doesn't sound like "lower rates" to me.
  • Dave M. Dave M. on Aug 31, 2007

    The Chrysler 300 isn't American made, is it?