“Can I Get Out Of Here, Please?” – UPDATE: Senator Liveshot Will Pay Up

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Those were the last words heard from John Kerry before he slammed the door of his chauffeured SUV (must be a family member’s) after being pummelled with questions from reporters regarding his $7 million yacht’s suspicious registration in tax-free Rhode Island.

Sen. John Kerry, hounded by questions over whether he is dodging state and local taxes on his ultra-luxe $7 million sailing yacht, yesterday slammed his car door on a pack of reporters demanding to know if he would pony up to the cash-strapped commonwealth.

“Can I get out of here, please,” the harried senior senator said before sailing off into the sunset after an event at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station .

Kerry continued to insist that he and his wife, ketchup heiress Teresa Heinz, would pay whatever taxes they owe on his new New Zealand-built Friendship sloop Isabel, but wouldn’t specifically address whether he’d cough up some $500,000 in state use and local excise taxes.

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When asked yesterday whether he had brought the Isabel into Massachusetts, Kerry replied, “It depends on who owns it.”

Kerry declined to elaborate and a spokesman didn’t respond to our query, leaving us to wonder whether the senator is looking for another legal loophole to sail through.

Typical liberal.  Taxes for thee, but not for me.

Too bad he’s not up for reelection this year.  Still, it’s another reason to Remember in November.

UPDATE:  Kerry is going to cough up the $500,000.

With his reputation on the rocks, Sen. John Kerry informed Bay State tax collectors today he will cough up some $500,000 in state and local taxes for his ultra-luxe yacht Isabel.

“As we’ve said from the beginning, we have always complied with tax laws and we always will. … The payment is being made promptly,” Kerry said in a statement to the Herald today.

“We’ve reached out to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and made clear that, whether owned or not, we intend to pay the equivalent taxes as if the boat’s home-port were currently in Massachusetts,” Kerry added.

As if it were in Massachusetts?  Come on, Senator.  Is that another botched joke?