Monday, July 6, 2015
We now have a first lady Michelle who loves to travel on the taxpayer's dime, would we want one that has penchant for expensive jewelry?
Columba Bush was briefly detained and fined at Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport on Thursday after her arrival following a five-day shopping spree in Paris. The governor was not with her. She declared only $500 worth of merchandise on a Customs form at the airport. But during a random check, agents found receipts indicating the governor's wife was toting about $19,000 worth of clothing and jewelry bought in France.
Using a personal check, she paid $4,100 in duty and fines on the items. She was then allowed to continue to Tallahassee.
The above run in with customs for lying about her purchases to avoid a higher duty fee did no curtail her free extravagant spending. Less than a year later, she took out a loan to buy $42,311.70 worth of jewelry in a single day, according to records filed with the state of Florida by Mayors Jewelers.
That purchase was part of a pattern by Columba Bush of borrowing to buy tens of thousands of dollars of jewelry at a time from the South Florida store over a 14-year period. Documentation available online, which does not include the details of two transactions made less than six weeks apart in 1995, shows that she spent a total of more than $90,000 at the store.State filings provide a glimpse at the expensive tastes of potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s wife Columba.
Posted by Barbara at 9:40 AM