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Romney, long out of the political fray, takes to the water

Mitt Romney.
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Mitt Romney.

It’s been a contentious week in Washington.

The Beltway has been transfixed by the ongoing Senate debate surrounding the potential repeal of so-called Obamacare. One notable New England Republican was caught referring to a congressman as “unattractive." Senator John McCain was also frank on Tuesday, telling his colleagues, “We are getting nothing done, my friends, we’re getting nothing done.”

One Republican who appears to be unbothered by all the political tumult? That would be Mitt Romney.

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The former Massachusetts governor and two-time GOP presidential candidate looked quite carefree while showing off his waterskiing skills earlier this week.

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His daughter-in-law’s Instagram account showed the 70-year-old carving a turn behind a boat:

@mittromney showing the grandkids how it's done

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In another Instagram post, a relaxed Romney looks about as far removed from D.C. unrest as one could be:

BFFs

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It’s unclear whether the photos were taken on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee, where the Romneys often vacation. Earlier this month, Romney was involved in a minor traffic accident in Wolfeboro, N.H., a town that borders the lake, where he was vacationing.

In the past, Romney, along with his wife, have been spotted jet-skiing on the lake.

Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com