Once bitten, Bill McCollum, Alex Sink shy away from state planes
The two leading candidates for Florida's governor have grounded their high-flying ways on state-owned airplanes.
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink and Attorney General Bill McCollum have dramatically cut back their use of state aircraft since a Times/Herald analysis in June revealed they had racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in flights, including questionable use of planes by family members and use of the planes to commute to work from their homes in other parts of the state.
In the past four months, Sink and McCollum have largely turned to traveling by car or on commercial airlines, just as they've been ramping up their campaigns for governor. State plane records show that Sink cut back her state plane use 87 percent during that period, and McCollum reduced his 92 percent compared with the same four-month stretch in 2008.