Calmer wa­ters

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Bil­lion­aire Re­form Party founder and two-time pres­i­den­tial can­di­date (1992 and 1996) H. Ross Perot, Vet­er­ans Af­fairs sec­re­tary and for­mer Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee chair­man Jim Ni­chol­son and Amer­ica’s lead­ing wine im­porter John F. Mar­i­ani Jr. en­joyed some vacation time to­gether in Ber­muda in re­cent days.

“Ross has three boats, nice ones,” says our source, who spot­ted the trio aboard one “fast boat.”

It wasn’t ter­ri­bly long ago, as po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns go, that Mr. Ni­chol­son, as head of the RNC, per­son­ally begged con­ser­va­tive Pa­trick J. Buchanan not to di­vide the Repub­li­can Party by run­ning as the Re­form Party’s can­di­date for pres­i­dent — which he ended up do­ing in 2000.

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