Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy’s trip the Paris airshow (TNT, 6-20) is nothing but a veiled attempt to hide a highly pleasurable and personal travel trip under the auspices of official county government travel.
I can see no reason why the county executive needs to go Paris in order to try to woo some jobs in the airline industry for Pierce County. All she had to do was trek 30 miles north to do this. Even a trip to Boeing corporate headquarters in Chicago would have been palatable, but to Paris?
When I was in civil service and we had items to buy or places to go, we had a saying: “Does it pass the Dan Rather Test?” Well this extravaganza does not. The county auditor needs to deny the receipts and per diem and classify them as personal travel.