Barbour family flights on state planes under fire

JACKSON, Miss. — A day after the Mississippi House passed a bill aimed at restricting the use of state planes, a Democratic leader released documents showing Republican Gov. Haley Barbour had used the aircraft for personal family trips and wouldn’t disclose details of the outings.

House Judiciary A Committee Chairman Ed Blackmon, D-Canton, provided the documents Thursday that detailed what seven such trips between 2006 and 2008. The documents called the trips questionable. Barbour wasn’t on some of the flights, according to the documents, which were obtained by the state attorney general’s office and later used to brief lawmakers.

Barbour, who is believed to be mulling a presidential run next year, has been criticized by legislators about his use of state planes in the past. Barbour spokesman Dan Turner wouldn’t comment Thursday on the flights’ purpose. None appeared to be fundraising junkets.