Senator Sanders, unlike many of your supporters, I was alive when Bill Clinton ran for POTUS the first time. In fact, I was watching MTV when the former governor of Arkansas was asked whether he preferred boxers or briefs? Senator, you’re no William Jefferson Clinton.
After being snapped on the tarmac prior to performing a near tandem flight with Senator Elizabeth Warren from Iowa back to Washington D.C., you’re private jet preferences were again in the national Twitter-sphere after you were photographed last week.
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Your team allegedly replaced a two-hour drive by simultaneously flying three Gulfstream private jets from Charleston to Myrtle Beach prior to Saturday’s Democratic primary in South Carolina.
And that, of course, raises a number questions.
However, relax, please! I’m not about to question your use of business aviation. I think it’s great. There’s no way anyone could do what you’re doing flying commercially. It would be insane and unproductive. It would make me question your executive decision-making skills!
Senator Bernie Sanders seen boarding a Gulfstream private jet last year.
Plus, private aviation employs over one million Americans and generates $246 billion annually for our economy. Best of all, these are mainly good paying jobs, the type of work where one doesn’t need to hold down multiple jobs just to get by.
And while we are on it, aviation is 2% of total carbon emissions, and the private type is just 2% of that 2%, so I’m not after you on that either. In fact, you are buying carbon offsets as well.
I just have so many questions.
First of all, was it really three Gulfstream jets at the same time?
Senator Bernie Sanders apparently disembarks after boarding the wrong private jet.
I mean, we know there are two redundant Presidential Boeing VC-25s, the 747-type adapted for POTUS, so there is always a backup.
We also learned, thanks to the travels of former GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt about the benefits of having two private jets in tow wherever you go.
While it might seem extravagant at first, the point of a private jet is that you can do more in less time. You’re much more productive. You get where you’re going. You’re not subject to the same flights delays as Joe the Plumber, excuse me, Joe the Road Warrior.
However, yes, private jets break from time to time. And sometimes they have a mechanical without advanced warning. So if you are planning a revolution, it probably makes sense to show up on time.
In other words, it’s easy to see why you have two jets. However, the possibility you had chartered three jets following each other is a bit different.
It could be that taking Bernie Fest on tour requires more support staff than you can fit in one large cabin private jet. They’re not Air Force One after all.
It’s not unusual to see leading White House contenders charter commercial airliners in a sort of apprenticeship before moving up to the jumbo jet that comes along with the Oval Office.
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Airliners allow you and your staff to travel along with a pool of those pesky reporters on one plane. However, at this stage most contenders are still flying a mixed bag of smaller private aircraft, usually on a one-at-a-time basis.
So this is what we can tell so far about the pictures posted by Carolina Girl last week. Of the three Gulfstream jets in the picture, two tail numbers can be ascertained and appear to be managed by Los Angeles-based Jet Edge. Their flight tracking is blocked, so we can’t see where they had been flying before or after the snap.
However, that could support the assertion they were in Charleston and parked next to each other for a single customer, possibly you?
Of course, Senator Sanders, do you ever think about how those aircraft there andy are available to you?
By that I mean, who actually owns the airplanes that you’re is flying on? We know the owners didn’t build those runways, nor those airports, but they did buy the jets.
Two of the three aircraft posted to Twitter can be identified by their registration numbers.
N999AH is a 1993 Gulfstream GIVSP registered to a Delaware LLC that lists Alfred Hoffman Jr. as its manager.
While registrations can be out of date, and ownership information isn’t always accurate, it’s possible it’s the same Al Hoffman Jr. who is a successful Florida real estate developer, was named Ambassador to Portugal under George W. Bush, and backed Senators McCain and Romney, plus former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in their election campaigns. After the Parkland High School mass shooting, he was in the news saying he would no longer donate to candidates that did not support a ban on military-style arms to civilians.
N218JE is a 2001 GIVSP owned by Charter Rental LLC. Official records filed with the California Secretary of State show the contact as Adnan Rawjee of Compton. Another company at the same address, American Dream, and one of its principals with the same name, were part of a $2.3 million settlement in 2018 accusing the company of intentionally misclassifying goods imported into the United States in order to pay lower tariff rates.
Oh, if the sidewalls of those planes could talk!
Since in many cases, particularly with large cabin aircraft, the charter company needs owner approval before it can rent out his or her plane, there’s a chance that the owners of those two aircraft possibly ferrying you knew who was onboard. Jet Edge didn’t respond to a request for comment.
And finally, to my question perhaps somebody will pose to you at an upcoming town hall or debate. I know former Hilary Clinton aides say you prefer Gulfstream private jets. And various Twitter pictures indicate that might be right. Still, I would love to hear from you directly, when it comes to large cabin private jets, what’s your preference – Gulfstream or Global Express?