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Dems: Foley Should Dock Yacht in CT, Not Pacific Islands



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    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has a 116-foot yacht and the leader of the state Democratic party is going after him to dock the boat in Connecticut rather that the Pacific Islands.

    Instead of registering the Odalisque (a female slave or concubine in a harem) under the flag of the Marshall Islands, Nancy DiNardo said the Greenwich businessman and former ambassador should port his boat it in New London, Old Saybrook or Stamford.

    The campaign of Dan Malloy, Foley's Democratic opponent, accused the Republican of evading state taxes by registering the yacht in the foreign nation, according to the Journal Inquirer.

    State law requires that boat owners register the boat each year and pay a registration fee.

    A message the Associated Press left seeking comment from Foley was not immediately returned.

    In an interview with the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, Foley denied owing any state tax or receiving a tax advantage. He said he registered the yacht in the Marshall Islands to make it easier to charter it.

    He said on Wednesday that he has it docked there because he had a house there. Malloy said Wednesday that he did not want to comment because he did not have all the facts.

    Sen. John Kerry recently came under fire for parking his slightly smaller $7 million boat, Isabel, in Rhode Island rather than Massachusetts.

    The Boston Herald reported the story and Kerry then paid the taxes.

    Foley is certainly not the only local candidate with a boat. Malloy has a 28-foot powerboat, the Stamford Advocate reports, Vince McMahon, husband of GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon, has a 47-foot yacht that he parks in Boca Raton, Florida.