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Nantucket blues: My fish and Patrick Murphy's yacht

Me, my blue fish, and the Patrick Murphy family yacht

Charlotte Smith

Me, my blue fish, and the Patrick Murphy family yacht

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy this week attacked Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for being MIA and running for president as Florida's toxic algae crisis developed to the point it is today. But the pro-Rubio Senate Leadership Fund yesterday fired off a release noting that Murphy was spotted in Nantucket Island off Cape Cod this weekend along with his dad's mega Yacht, "Cocktails."

"Is Patrick partying on his yacht in Nantucket while his home district is under a state of emergency due to a toxic green algae crisis?"

It happens that I'm on Nantucket this week (sans yacht), and took a spin past the 97-foot "Cocktails" this morning. It's a monster that I'm told would cost nearly $100,000 to fuel up. It's parked near John Kerry's sail boat.

No, this doesn't seem to be all that significant to the Senate race, except that if Marco Rubio wins the GOP nomination he certainly will have a better claim to understanding the lives of average Floridians than Patrick Murphy, the yachstman, or Democrat Alan Grayson, the hedge fund manager. Rubio's GOP primary rival, Carlos Beruff, has his own yacht.

But that's not the real reason for this post. The real reason is to show this fish I caught this morning.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 11:24am]


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