As we relayed to you a few months back, former Rep. Melissa Hart's car is in the Capitol parking garage nearly four years after she lost her seat to Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless. Even though she's a former member, Hart is not allowed to keep her (very dirty) car there because she's a registered lobbyist. ABC News caught up with her to discuss the situation.
ABC News asked Hart, who represented Pennsylvania's 4th district through 2006 but lost her reelection bid to Democrat Jason Altmire, if she was aware of the House rules concerning parking perks. She said she was not.
Hart admitted the car was a piece of junk that she used for short trips around Washington. When ABC News asked Hart if she felt any need to reimburse taxpayers for the spot, valued at around $200 a month, that has been illegally occupied by her Jetta since March of 2009 when she became a registered lobbyist, she said no. Hart protested she had planned to allow other people to use the car (and presumably the sweet parking place) but it never happened.
Hart says her new plan is to donate the car to charity. If she can get it started.
Full story here, with a hat tip going to PoliticsPA.