Pollutico: Democrat Mighty Upset That National Park Service Conducted Tours for Governor Palin; Updated

This isn’t quite as funny as Politico’s story last week in which reporters blamed Governor Palin for their eccentric bathroom habits, but it’s pretty close:

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) wrote on Tuesday to National Park Service Director Jonathan  Jarvis regarding “serious concerns about the use of federal resources in  conjunction with the ‘One Nation’” bus tour.

“Many of the press accounts of stops included in this tour,  which provided personal and political benefits to former Gov. Palin, suggest  that National Park Service resources were made available to an extent beyond  that which an average American family would receive,” Blumenauer wrote.

He cited media reports of Palin and her family receiving a private guided  tour of Mount Vernon, early admission to the National Archives and a 10-person  escort involving park rangers and New York City police officers at the Statue of  Liberty.


National Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said his understanding is that  Palin received customary treatment for a visiting celebrity and that the costs  of her visits were nominal at best.

“We see celebrities on a regular basis, it’s something that we’re used to,” Olson said. “We give them a tour but we also try to not make it a bug hoo-ha for  all the other visitors. So it’s kind of standard fare if there’s a celebrity or  two that show up we do a special program for them.”

That usually involves rangers and interpreters that are on the job  regardless. “That’s why it’s not an extra cost for us,” Olson said. “We just try  to make sure everybody has a good experience at a national park.”

So now we need to waste public resources investigating the Park Service for the unforgiveable crime of…doing their job.  I’ve never heard of this Blumenauer clown, but his constituents must be proud. And it’s reassuring to know that the sleuths on Politico’s crack investigative team are covering this important story.

(h/t GM)

Update: (h/t T D Williams) Meet Earl Blumenauer.

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