State Sen. Tom Colapietro's office got a call this morning from an irate constituent who was angry that the senator was using a state car and state gasoline to go to Home Depot. She'd apparently spotted the senatorial license plate on the vehicle.
Colapietro said there were two problems with the caller's argument:
1. It's his car, not the state's; and
2. He buys his own gas.
"Isn't that ridiculous?" the senator asked.
Colapietro said people are always searching for something to zing him on, but they should know he doesn't take advantage of his office.
"I don't even take a paper clip from here. I don't want anything the state has," Colapietro said.
He pointed out, though, that at least some of the statewide officers, including the governor and lieutenant governor, used state vehicles with state drivers.
So if people want to gripe, he said, that's where they should direct their calls.
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