Marco Rubio once bought a fishing boat and the New York Times is on the case. Fresh from their scoop that the Florida senator had four (FOUR!) speeding tickets in the past two decades, the Gray Lady has revealed his shocking financial record.
“For years, Senator Marco Rubio struggled under the weight of student debt, mortgages and an extra loan against the value of his home totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars.” (Boo, poor people! — ed.) “But in 2012, financial salvation seemed to have arrived: A publisher paid him $800,000 to write a book about growing up as the son of Cuban immigrants.” (Boo, rich people! — ed.)
And what did Mr. Rubio do with his dirty, filthy publishing fortune? He bought a BOAT. And not just any kind of boat, but a “luxury speedboat.”
[H]e splurged on an extravagant purchase: $80,000 for a luxury speedboat, state records show. At the time, Mr. Rubio confided to a friend that it was a potentially inadvisable outlay that he could not resist. The 24-foot boat, he said, fulfilled a dream.
Twenty-four feet of White Hispanic privilege. So what if Sen. Barack Obama got a book advance of $1.9 million and Hillary Clinton got $14 million? They didn’t go frittering away their well-deserved windfalls on frivolous aquatic transportation.
To prove that Rubio is an out-of-touch nouveau riche spendthrift, I have compared his opulence to that of an everyman, salt-of-the-earth recent Democratic presidential candidate.
|John Kerry’s Humble Yacht||Marco Rubio’s “Luxury Speedboat”|
|Friendship 75||Edgewater 245cc Deep-V Center Console|
|Length: 75.95 ft.||Length: 24.5 ft.|
|Beam (max): 19.08 ft.||Beam (max): 8.5 ft.|
|Displacement: 108,676 lbs.||Displacement: 3,500 lbs.|
|3 sails||0 sails|
|Harbored in Rhode Island to avoid taxes||Located in Florida according to state tax records|
|Made in New Zealand||Made in United States|
|“She is the largest size boat confidently handled by two, yet sacrifices nothing towards interior volume and finish which are unmistakably the essence of luxury living.”||“Safety-minded family boaters and avid anglers will love this boat’s deep v hull, perfect for those choppy seas.”|
|$7,000,000 list price||$80,000 list price|
And those fat-cat Republicans think they can win over long-suffering middle class voters. Tsk, tsk.