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Double standard from a Massachusetts Democrat? Who'd'a thunk it?

Boston's mayor, Thomas "Mumbles" Menino, is a big proponent of cutting down driving in Boston. He's pushed for car pooling, hybrid vehicles, and even put forth a tax on driving into the city.

Recently, Hizzoner Da Mayor needed a new vehicle for tooling around town on official business. So the city forked over the money for a Ford Expedition, the second-largest SUV in the Ford stable (shadowed only by the Ford Excursion, which is occasionally mistaken for the Exxon Valdez.)

Here are the numbers on Mumbles' new wheels:
14 MPG city mileage
28 Gallon fuel tank
Approximately $60.00 to fill up
Curb weight: 5352 lbs.
Sticker price: starting at $30,000.

I guess Hizzoner is too classy to ride around in a minivan:
18 MPG city mileage
16 Gallon fuel tank
Curb weight: 4275 lbs.
Sticker price: around $24,000.

J.

(Note: Freestar minivan chosen to keep the comparison within the Ford family. Other minivans might be even better.)


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Great site! Adding it to m... (Below threshold)
Jay:

Great site! Adding it to my blogroll!

Do as I say, not as I do. ... (Below threshold)

Do as I say, not as I do. Learned it from John F. Kerry (I own/don't own SUVs) himself.

Menino, of course, was last... (Below threshold)
Paul Zrimsek:

Menino, of course, was last seen taking up the cause of drivers who feel they should be able to park cheap near Fenway Park rather than braving the grueling two-block walk from the Kenmore T station.

He should talk to our mayor... (Below threshold)
mesablue:

He should talk to our mayor, Kwame (the Gangsta) Kilpatrick about getting a deal on that Expedition.

Kwame was able to get a one year lease on a Navigator for his wife for only $25,000.00.

Love the Exxon Valdez joke.... (Below threshold)
Robb:

Love the Exxon Valdez joke. I usually go with the "Besides the Great Wall of China, it's the only manmade object visible from space" joke, but I might like yours better.

Or like Michael Moore flyin... (Below threshold)
Jill:

Or like Michael Moore flying around in the Time Warner private jet (for his book tour) while denouncing evil, greedy corporations.




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