RFK Jr: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

25 06 2009

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. had a problem or two on his trip to Tigard

by Jill Rehkopf Smith, The Oregonian

Wednesday June 17, 2009, 4:27 PM

Associated PressRobert F. Kennedy Jr.

TIGARD — It wasn’t through rain, snow, sleet and hail, but Robert F. Kennedy Jr. took a rocky path to Tigard last week from his home in New York.

The environmental lawyer, who was promoting a green partnership between Washington County’s Clean Water Services and Ostara Nutrient Recovery Technologies, noticed that his car had a flat tire as he was driving to the airport in Newark, N.J.

The tire was supposed to be specially designed for continued driving while flat. Instead, it caught fire. Kennedy pulled over on the highway and had to hitchhike to the airport, where he began making calls seeking help with his car problem.

When he called AAA, its staff told him they couldn’t send someone out to tow his car unless he was at the car. By that time, of course, he was on the plane to Oregon.

After calling his secretary and a New Jersey official he had once campaigned for, Kennedy finally got someone to drive out to his car and take care of it.

One problem — the car was gone.

The spot where he had pulled over “was right in front of the New Jersey state prison,” Kennedy told the Tigard crowd last week. “So perhaps whoever stole it will be living there someday.”

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