Congressman Patrick Murphy still wants colleague and rival Alan Grayson to resign over allegations Grayson "parlayed his post in the House into personal financial gain." That's rich. Especially when you look at Murphy's dirty hands.
Finally somebody in the media did. On Wednesday a McClatchy reporter asked Murphy how he squares his support for a controversial EB-5 bill with the fact his family business was general contractor on an EB-5-financed project.
EB-5, remember, is a visa program that allows wealthy foreigners a path to U.S. citizenship by investing $500,000 or more in things like ... oh, for instance ... construction projects.
The Senate Leadership Fund was the first organization to say Murphy had pushed legislation to strengthen the EB-5 program -- looking suspiciously like personal gain. Sunshine State News was right behind in covering the story. We said the measure would benefit Coastal Construction, the company owned by Murphy’s father and one in which the congressman holds a large stake.
That company is one of two main contractors on a mega-project called SkyRise Miami. Skyrise's developer, Jeffrey Berkowitz, is a major employer of EB-5 workers. Berkowitz wants to use EB-5 workers to help build his planned 1,000-foot-high tower overlooking Biscayne Bay.
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