Rep. Bill Owens has released a statement on a story so far only covered on the Internet, so it must be seen as a potential problem.
The topic is the trip to Taiwan.
Here's the deal..Being in Congress has its privileges and sometimes that means a free trip dressed up as promoting trade or jobs.
I remember as a youngster, my folks would go on trips to attend professional conferences and they were always somewhere really nice....Same thing...you get to a point in life and you like a little extra...and for the Owens, ascending to Congress is a great capstone to a successful and distinguished legal career in Plattsburgh.
They got a trip to the Orient....and since its an election year, that becomes an issue...Nobody would cover it or care about it otherwise...
I do agree with Danny Francis that if a trip is for official purposes it should be charged to the taxpayers...But that can be controversial too.
Watertown Daily Times | Full Owens statement on Taiwan trip