John Kerry in Hot Water Over Taxes on $7M Yacht

Senator berths luxury boat in Rhode Island, not Massachusetts
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2010 6:59 PM CDT
"Isabel," the $7 million yacht owned by Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, undergoes repairs at the Hinckley shipyard in Portsmouth, RI, Friday, July 23, 2010.   (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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(Newser) – John Kerry says there's "nothing more to say about" the PR disaster surrounding his decision to save $500,000 in taxes by keeping his new $7 million yacht in Rhode Island rather than cash-strapped Massachusetts—but taxpayers in the senator's home state think otherwise. "Do as I say, not as I do," Howie Carr writes for the Boston Herald, which broke the story in its gossip column. "Taxes for thee but not for me."

"Let's get this very straight, I've said consistently we will pay our taxes, we have always paid our taxes," Kerry told WBZ. "It's not an issue period." But it is for plenty of other people, including the American boatwrights fuming because the senator's new ride came from New Zealand. "Darn, that would have been a wonderful job for a Maine builder," the head of an industry group tells ... the Herald, again. Carr notes, "You can tell how devastating it is by the way the Globe is giving it a good leaving-alone." For more on Kerry, and one pundit's contention that he's partly to blame for the Scott Brown phenomenon, click here.

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