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Jim Inhofe

Who had the worst week in Washington? Sen. Jim Inhofe

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In a week filled with talk of trillions in debt — and how to get rid of it — you could be forgiven if you missed a more plane story involving Jim Inhofe. (No, that is not a typo.)

Inhofe, a relatively low-profile Republican senator from Oklahoma, is an experienced pilot, plenty experienced to land a plane at a small airport in South Texas.

Unless, of course, the runway where he was trying to land was closed — and clearly marked as closed with a large yellow X.

That’s the situation Inhofe found himself in last October, as he was forced to “skyhop” (which is exactly what it sounds like) over half a dozen vehicles and people on the runway to avoid a serious crash.

The incident received some press coverage at the time, but the Federal Aviation Administration’s report on the matter became public just this past week thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Smoking Gun Web site.

The report includes audio from a call made to the FAA by Sydney Boyd, the man overseeing construction on the closed runway, shortly after the senator’s near-miss.

Inhofe’s antics “scared the crap out of” his workers, Boyd said, adding that one man who was in a vehicle nearly hit by Inhofe’s plane “wet his britches.rdquo; There’s an image for you, Senator.

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By Chris Cillizza

Source: The Washington Post


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