Vermont F-35 Base Called Political Pork for Senior Democratic Senator
By William Boardman Email address removed
What Happens When You Get Too Invested in a Disaster?
While it's too soon, perhaps, to say that the over-budget, overdue, and under-performing F-35 joint strike fighter is in a political tailspin, having its biggest Senate booster accused of pushing for political pork at the expense of his poorer constituents hasn't made the controversial stealth bomber's flight path less bumpy.
According to the Boston Globe, the Air Force "fudged" its assessment of the Vermont Air National Guard Base in Burlington, Vermont, in order to give Vermont's senior Senator, Patrick Leahy, D-VT, a political plum that could not be justified on its merits. Despite three years growing local opposition to basing an F-35 squadron of nuclear-capable stealth bombers in Vermont's most densely populated area, Leahy has spent more years cheerleading the Air Force plan while at the same time refusing to meet with his unhappy constituents.