Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree has gotten a lot of attention for her luxury trips to the Virgin Islands. Now it appears Pingree’s not the only Maine politico who enjoys a Caribbean getaway from time to time. According to financial disclosure forms filed with the U.S. Senate, Angus King owns his own piece of paradise – a vacation home on St. Thomas called ‘Windswept Villas’.
Pingree put her political ambitions on hold this year, passing up a chance to run for Olympia Snowe’s senate seat so her good friend Angus could run instead. Pingree and King have described themselves as close personal friends, and have spent holidays together, along with Pingree’s billionaire hedge fund husband Donald Sussman.
Sussman has used his residence in the Virgin Islands to keep from paying taxes on hedge fund management fees. Now a group of Sussman associates has been implicated in an unraveling bribery scandal on the islands, involving the governor, the Department of Justice, and many top-level USVI government officials. Sussman has refused to comment on the issue so far, and Pingree claims she has never met the officials involved.
It is unclear how deep the Virgin Islands ties between Pingree/Sussman and King are. King’s campaign didn’t return requests for information.
Below is a video for Windswept Villas: