Here’s the latest from the party of fiscal responsibility:
She was a 25-year-old junior staffer when the Florida Republican Party gave her an American Express card.
Over the next 2 ½ years, nearly $1.3 million in charges wound up on Melanie Phister’s AmEx — $40,000 at a London hotel and nearly $20,000 in plane tickets for indicted former House Speaker Ray Sansom, his wife and kids, for starters. Statements show thousands spent on jewelry, sporting goods and, in one case, $15,000 for what’s listed as a month-long stay at a posh Miami Beach hotel, but which the party says was a forfeited deposit.
The bondage strip club incident is just a drop in the bucket compared to this. And, lest we forget, in 2008 a National Republican Congressional Committee staffer embezzled a million bucks from that organization.