Is Matt Cartwright using taxpayer funds to park his private plane? He won’t say.

Will multi-millionaire congressman from Pennsylvania, Matt Cartwright, using taxpayer dollars to park his private plane while he votes upstairs in the House? He won’t say.

But the Scranton-area Democrat sends $425 a month to the Delaware River and Bay Authority, which operates New Castle Airport, according to spending records from his official office. This is the local airport, just 90 minutes by train from Washington, DCwhere Cartwright lands his four-seater after arriving from Scranton, flight logs To display.

It also happens that four hundred and twenty-five dollars is the going rate for monthly storage of an aircraft in a “small hangar”, according to the airport website. Cartwright’s disclosures describe the expenses as “Taxi/Parking/Tolls” and “District Office Parking” fees, and a spokesperson for the congressman did not respond to multiple requests for comment seeking clarification. The Cartwright District is not located in Delaware or New Jersey, where the Delaware River and Bay Authority operates.

The Pennsylvania lawmaker, who was elected in 2012 and is in a rematch against Republican Jim Bognet, whom he narrowly beat in 2020 in a district that former President Donald Trump carried, has regularly shown up as a “fighter for all hard-working Northeastern Pennsylvanians”.

While using taxpayer funds to stow the plane is strictly speaking legal, it threatens to undermine the image Cartwright strives to present to voters during the campaign trail, especially while they are in the struggling with rising food, fuel and housing costs.

Cartwright, who made his fortune as a trial lawyer and is worth up to $10.9 million, according to his 2020 financial disclosure, tell voters that he “spent his entire career defending workers”.

This wouldn’t be Cartwright’s first plane-related controversy. The trial attorney omitted from his personal financial disclosure, the limited liability company he used to purchase the plane, which is valued at $180,000. Cartwright’s net worth has more than doubled since 2012, when he was worth up to $5 million, according to his personal financial information.

Cartwright, who owns a stake in a law firm founded by his wife’s father, also owns a real estate trust worth up to $500,000. He has regularly late to pay taxes on his DC condo, which he bought for nearly $800,000 in 2013. Last year, the Democrat called to “send a package of aid to help the owners” without acknowledging that he himself is the owner.

Cartwright will face Bognet in November after the Democrat ran unopposed in his primary election in May. Bognet, meanwhile, edged his Republican opponent by 37 points in his own primary. Cartwright beat Bognet by three points in 2020.

Democrats have reason to fear that this year’s rematch will play out differently. While the Cartwright district includes President Joe Biden’s hometown of Scranton, only 38% of voters in the district approve of the president, compared to 60% who disapprove, according to a August poll reported by the Free Washington Beacon. Cartwright in April 2019 said he was “honoured” to endorse his “friend, northeast hometown boy Joe Biden for president” and backed Biden to run for re-election in 2024.

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