The answer appears to be yes.
Montana’s favorite conman/Congressman Greg Gianforte was in Bozeman this week for his booking.
You all know the backstory at this point:
Reporter asks question. Man gets angry. Man bodyslams reporter. Man becomes Congressman.
Gianforte plead guilty, was sentenced to anger management, community service and a fine.
Gianforte served his time, but while he stopped fighting with reporters, he took up arms for a new cause: fighting to prevent a mugshot and finger printing.
Well, this week Gianforte lost that fight. A Bozeman judge declared he had to go through the normal booking process like every other convicted assailant.
While it is a win for the justice system to have Gianforte treated like the low-level criminal he is and not like the billionaire tea-partier he plays on tv, Gianforte’s booking experience was not like every other criminals.
I’d reckon to guess that most average criminals drive their Subaru or Ford Escape to the court house. Gianforte appears to have flown on a government plane to get to his booking.
As a taxpayer, I don’t think we should be using government travel resources for criminals to get to their bookings. I am progressive, but not that progressive.
I wonder how the fiscal conservative Gianforte would feel if the federal government paid for every criminals transportation to their booking. He’d probably none too pleased. But that seems to be the world Gianforte wants: one set of rules for us, another set of rules for rich guys like him.
I think billionaire Gianforte could reimburse the taxpayer for this flight. It’s the least he could do.