Senate Minority Leader J. B. Jennings was aboard the private jet that whisked Baltimore Democratic mayoral nominee Catherine E. Pugh to and from Las Vegas last weekend, the Baltimore County Republican said Friday.
Jennings confirmed that he joined Pugh and former Democratic Sens. Thomas L. Bromwell and John A. Pica Jr. on a flight provided by businessman Wayne A. Tilley Jr.
Unlike Pugh, Jennings did not pay for his own ticket. He said his consulting company, Jennings & Associates, has a contract with Tilley's Home Paramount Pest Control and that under that agreement the exterminating company picks up the tab for business travel.
Jennings said he went to Las Vegas for work, not politics. He said his job was to help sell property owners at the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual convention in the desert resort on Home Paramount's pest control services.
Maryland has a part-time legislature, and Jennings is not unusual in having to strike a balance between a full-time business and the General Assembly's ethics requirements. He said he would make all required disclosures.
The Baltimore Sun reported Friday that Pugh, a state senator, had taken the round-trip flight aboard Tilley's jet. Pugh said she reimbursed the businessman, a large contributor to her successful primary campaign, $650 for the flight.