Yesterday McClatchy wrote an interesting piece on the Florida Senate primary. It stood out because a reporter finally asked Patrick Murphy about the juxtaposition between Murphy’s support for a controversial EB-5 bill and the fact his family business was general contractor on an EB-5-financed project.
But what hasn’t yet been reported is that on August 29, 2014, after his family business received the general contract for the EB-5 financed Skyrise Miami, Patrick met with a Chinese businessman to focus on the “interests and the protections” of the EB-5 program’s Chinese INVESTORS. (Note: The previous link is the translated version of the original Chinese language article located here.)
Two weeks later, he signed onto the EB-5 Regional Center Extension Act.
So this begs the question – is Patrick Murphy running to be Florida’s Senator or China’s?
“Alan Grayson claimed that Patrick Murphy was as ‘crooked as a three dollar bill’ – he may be on to something. While Murphy has been patting himself on the back for Grayson’s bad week, he would do well to remember that Floridians don’t yet know about all the shady big financiers behind Murphy’s sudden rise to power.” – Senate Leadership Fund Spokesman Ian Prior