West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin tried to secure a personal “Governor’s Helicopter” during his time as the state’s governor, using funding from a prescription drug settlement that was intended to combat illegal drug use.
The “out of the box” attitude led to Manchin requesting $3 million for the helicopter, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
“First off it cannot be the Governor's Helicopter,” a note reportedly reads.
“If it is used predominantly by State Police for law enforcement activities, it is probably justifiable,” he said.
I don't know what percentage of use the Governor could make of such a thing, but at very least I'm sure that [West Virginia State Police] WVSP would need to us [sic] it the majority of time in order to fly.’