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Monday, August 22, 2005

Texas Land Commissioner Runs Up $350 Bar Bill in Bahrain

Maybe it was the gung-ho ex-Marine in him. Maybe it was an effort to get an edge in next year's re-election race. Maybe it was simple curiosity. In any event, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson spent several days in Iraq this month, touring military installations, visiting troops from his home state and handing out brochures about low-interest loans for veterans' land and housing purchases, which his office administers.

(Jeff Patterson strives to gain support from American troops stationed int he Middle East)

The land commissioner's political campaign paid for his round-trip, commercial air fare to Kuwait. From there, he and his small group, which included the national commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, were guests of the U.S. military. He ate in mess halls and, traveling by military helicopter, visited Baghdad, Fallujah, Kirkuk, Tikrit and Taji. His sleeping quarters in Baghdad, or so he was told, were once part of Saddam Hussein's brothel. And on the way home, he said, he ran up a $350 bar bill in Bahrain, treating American troops. Read More ....

Source: Houston Chronicle | reBlogged By: News Blog re-Blog
Filed Under: US, Elections, Campaign, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait | Permalink

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