PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says criticism of her use of corporate jets is a politically motivated attack on her personal life.
The Democrat responded publicly for the first time Sunday to election-year charges that she traveled on the private jet owned by her fiance, billionaire Wall Street financier S. Donald Sussman. A conservative website says Pingree's spoken out in the past against members of Congress flying on corporate jets.
Pingree told the Portland Press Herald that her opponents are again trying to make Sussman an issue. She says her opponents send people skulking around, following them home at night and knocking on their door.
Pingree said she checked ethics rules to make sure that taking flights on Sussman's jet was permissible and she's doing nothing wrong.