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The nonpartisan Cook Political Report has shifted its prediction for Rep. Vern Buchanan’s (R-Fla.) congressional seat toward Democrats after a report that he bought a yacht on the same day the GOP’s tax cuts passed the House.
Cook, a popular elections handicapper, shifted Buchanan’s race from a “likely Republican” seat to a “lean Republican” seat on Friday. The analysts also moved four other congressional races in favor of Democrats.
The article goes on to state the following:
Local media reports have publicized a new disclosure Buchanan made that shows a purchase from Ocean Alexander, a yacht company, of between $1 million and $5 million on the day of the vote.
Democrats have seized on the purchase as another avenue for attacks on the tax law, which they have framed as prioritizing the wealthy over middle-class Americans. Republicans bristle at that attack, pointing to economic growth and job creation numbers, along with that fact many Americans did see their taxes decrease.
Max Goodman, Buchanan’s campaign manager, blasted the report as a “coordinated attack four months before the election” in a statement to the Sarasota Herald Tribune.
“Vern has owned boats for more than 20 years,” Goodman added.
Buchanan has been in Congress since 2007.
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1. Florida Congressman votes for massive tax cut for the rich on November 16, 2017
2. The bill saves him over $2 million on his taxes
3. THE SAME DAY he buys himself a multi-million dollar yacht https://t.co/jhooQrvbe3
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 11, 2018
According to financial disclosure forms, Florida Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan spent between $1 million and $5 million purchasing a yacht on the same day he voted for the Republican tax bill. https://t.co/AUTAZzXPdZ
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 13, 2018
My opponent Vern Buchanan bought a multi-million dollar yacht the same day he voted for the #TaxScam giving himself a $2.1 million windfall. We can’t let politicians enrich themselves at the expense of their constituents. Join me at https://t.co/ACZW0K0Hrihttps://t.co/WfHvmk0bVZ
— David Shapiro (@Shapiro4FL16) July 11, 2018