Asked whose plane Walt Minnick and Cecil Andrus used to fly around the state for Minnick’s congressional campaign announcements this week, Minnick’s campaign reported that it was a chartered five-seater from SP Aircraft, a Boise air charter company that does a lot of back-country charters, and the cost was about $1,500. Campaign spokeswoman Tara Wolfson said of riding in the small plane, “I was very scared. … It seated five people and the pilot.”
A commenter on this blog urged me to seek out this info after media reports about how Jim Risch used eastern Idaho businessman Frank VanderSloot’s Learjet to fly around the state announcing his candidacy for U.S. Senate, paying the millionaire businessman an as-yet undisclosed sum for the privilege. Both Risch and Minnick are paying for the plane rental costs from campaign funds.