Florida activists helped propel Marco Rubio into the Senate—but many say they feel betrayed by him, and they won’t support his presidential bid.
Marco Rubio – RINO Traitor
MIAMI—In the early days of Marco Rubio’s campaign for U.S. Senate, he spoke at one of the first Tea Party rallies in the state of Florida. As Rubio began to speak about not wanting to lose his country to socialism, lightning reportedly began to flash. It was to be either an omen of the betrayal his Tea Party supporters would later feel, or a foreshadowing of the powerful potential this young Cuban American had for higher office. It had taken a month for his hometown newspaper, the Miami Herald, to notice that the 38-year-old Miami lawyer, once a leader in the state House, had formally joined the race. He didn’t even hold a launch event when he registered as a candidate for U.S. Senate in early 2009. “It was lonely out there. He was living off the land, ” an early supporter said. “If he had held a launch event for his U.S. Senate campaign, you could have held it in a phone booth. ”It was the excitement of the Florida Tea Party movement, which exploded into the public consciousness in the spring and summer of 2009, that ultimately transformed Rubio into a serious contender. “Across the board in 2010, the Tea Party played a huge role. They got people out to vote, they were active, they were knocking on doors, making phone calls. There were little spots during the campaign where you just felt the momentum,” said Anthony Bustamante, Rubio’s former statewide field director and one of the first half-dozen staffers to join the Senate campaign.
Rubio betrayed Tea Party supporters when he worked with Democrats on an amnesty bill that would screw the American worker.
But don’t count on many of those original Florida Tea Party supporters to be in the crowd Monday evening when Rubio is expected to launch his bid for the White House with dramatic fanfare at Miami’s Freedom Tower, converted in the 1990s as a monument to Cuban refugees.
Six years after the movement’s initial rallies, marches, and demonstrations, Tea Party activists feel let down and betrayed by their native son.
“I’m through with him. He will never get my vote. ‘Disappointed’ would mean that he has an opportunity to restore his credibility, and there is no opportunity for that,” said KrisAnne Hall, an attorney and Tea Party activist from north-central Florida. “The overwhelming perception is that Marco Rubio is not a Tea Party candidate.”
Some Florida Tea Party supporters still wax nostalgic about the early, hopeful days of the Rubio Senate campaign.“When he was first running for Senate, I was a big fan… He walked the neighborhood both inside and outside his district, knocked on doors and asked what people’s needs were, what their issues were.
I smell a rat…. A Rubio rat!!
I was so impressed with that,” said Lisa Becker, who helped run A Sisterhood of Mommy Patriots, a Tea Party group geared toward mothers.“Then,” Becker continued, “he got into office.” “Once he got into Washington, he had his sights set early on higher office,” said Jason Hoyt, a Tea Party organizer from central Florida. “He surrounded himself with people who were going to help him navigate Washington to get there, and in that process he disconnected from his base.” Becker still acknowledges Rubio’s charisma and oratorical abilities. But now she thinks she might have been played. “Now I wonder if he was ever listening or it was just a ploy to get votes… He says all the right things to the audience he needs, and we in Florida are no longer his audience. His new audience is national voters who might elect him president,” she said.“ We were hungry for leadership on our principles and values, but it didn’t come from Marco,” Hoyt added. “I thought it would.”Many Tea Partiers point to Rubio’s work in the Senate as part of the so-called Gang of Eight, who tried to come to a bipartisan consensus on comprehensive immigration reform. It ultimately failed, but many on the right will not forgive what they disdain as the senator’s support for “amnesty.” At the Conservative Political Action Conference this year, Rubio tried to distance himself from his work on immigration, saying he had learned his lesson — that broad-based reform was only possible after complete border security. Some libertarian-leaning Tea Party activists also point to foreign policy and national security as issues on which he let them down. Hall, the attorney from north-central Florida, listed off the offenses: Rubio’s support for indefinite detention, support for arming the Syrian rebels, support for the war against ISIS without explicit congressional approval, and support for the NSA. “If he had been listening when he was knocking on those doors, he would have found out what matters. Being in perpetual war matters to families,” Becker said. Bustamante, Rubio’s former statewide field director, plays down any discontentment Florida Tea Party activists feel about the Florida Republican senator. “I don’t think there’s a rift. The Tea Party embraced Marco. I think they still hold them up as one of their own,” he said.Tom Gaitens, who knew Rubio in the state House and formerly worked for the conservative group FreedomWorks, said he had forgiven Rubio for the sin of working with Democrats on comprehensive immigration reform.“The only perfect guy I ever met was Jesus Christ, in my heart. What I care about is that they stand up and show courage, and I think Marco has done that every step of the way,” Gaitens said.
Marco Rubio showing how much he appreciates those who put him in office!
And Rubio is still an insurgent. He is far from the front-runner in the large Republican presidential field.
It’s a position where he has thrived: Bustamante recalled the early “startup” days of the Rubio Senate campaign, where they drove 10 hours round trip to Jacksonville just to make $900.
Rubio is not running a startup anymore. He’s running a full-fledged business that hopes to raise millions to elevate him to the White House.
This time, though, he’ll do it without the support of many of the grassroots activists who propelled him to the Senate hoping for a Tea Party champion.
Leave the White House and become the junior senator from New York, and then jump from there back into the White House…but this time as the star, with Bill doing the dishes and her doing the interns.
Yes Hillary had a plan… How is that working out now?
Barack Obama got in the way. But those Clintons, you can’t hold them down.
Remember Bill? That whole intern thing would be funny, except for the fact that it ruined that poor girl’s life. In fact, Clinton, Inc. put a great deal of effort into destroying her.
You have to give Ms. Lewinsky credit, however – she held her head high throughout the entire ordeal and every day since. It could not have been easy; in the end, only she paid a price. But that’s what happens when you run with the Clintons: they get new Air Jordans, and you get athlete’s foot.
Bill and Monica; Can you say presidential disgrace….
With Bill, it’s been a lifetime binge of rape, pillage, and plunder, all on the public’s dime. What he will pay for the choices he has made as a human being will be decided at the pearly gates, and his presidential legacy defined by historians long after he has shuffled off this mortal coil.
Bill still likes the pretty girls…
For now, he lives like a king, with poor Hillie Joe his somewhat grubby queen, but people love them. They used to say Reagan was made of Teflon because nothing stuck to him. In reality, the true Teflon president has always been Bill. Those of us too new and shiny, or too unaware to remember any of the Clinton presidency, will get the opportunity to watch Hillary strive for the same deference – the “Whatever I did, wrong or illegal, it’s no big deal” treatment.
Wasn’t that her attitude at her press conference? And having the Turkish News pose the first question, implying that this would not have been as big a deal if she were a man, was brilliant. It got the “Vagina Defense” out there without her people having to bring it up. It’s called “pimping the question”; Lois Lerner would have been proud. It also shows that nothing is beneath Hill and Bill.
After all, what difference, at this point, does it make?
And, like her husband before her, it could all have been avoided. If Bill had just said from the beginning, “Hey, I like pretty girls,” America would have forgiven him – even the Republicans, because they like pretty girls, too. The world would have been spared the tawdry spectacle of a futile impeachment endeavor and a sitting president committing perjury.
What was Hillary thinking? She had to know that people would recognize an e-mail address that didn’t end in .gov as not being official. No, she expected that people would recognize that whatever the rules were, they didn’t apply to her. Because, you know, she’s a Clinton.
The only reason to have a server in your basement and your own internet domain is to control what can and cannot be seen by the public. She recently released 55,000 pages of e-mails, but only after her best team of men scoured her server and deleted anything that might be embarrassing, or perhaps even criminal.
That’s not 55,000 e-mails, by the way; that’s 55,000 pages. Try printing an e-mail from a lawyer. With all the disclosure drivel at the bottom, some e-mails can be many pages – even the ones that only ask, “Hey, how’s it going?” Yet Hillary’s crack team of obfuscators use the number of pages as a descriptor, because it looks better than saying they released 100 e-mails. I wonder how many pages the 32,000 e-mails that were deleted would have amounted to if printed. We’ll never know – they were deleted.
Pop quiz: name anything Hillary did in her four years as secretary of state. For extra credit, name anything – I mean anything – this woman has done or accomplished since she came on the scene as Bill’s first lady.
Oh, Hillary! She flew a million miles, accomplishing nothing more than setting up a private e-mail account and maybe directing funds to her non-profit, the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Foundation.
Ah…the Clintons’ foundation/charity, or non-profit, if you prefer, is fronted by the HilBilChel triumvirate, and it’s said they do a lot of work in Haiti.
Haiti…now there’s a place. The Clintons have been fixing that country for decades, yet it still looks the same. They have diligently devoted time and money to improving the lot of people who live in what is one of the poorest countries on Earth.
And those poor Haitians have been rewarded by having the opportunity to live in one of the poorest countries on Earth. Like Hillary, some things never change.
Again, poor Hillary – a million miles traveled as secretary of state, and a non-profit with 250 million dollars in the bank, and not a blessed thing has changed. Except, having left the White House in January of 2001 (apparently with the furniture, spoons, and plates secreted away), “dead broke,” with God as her witness, Hillary would never go hungry again. She now gets hundreds of thousands of dollars for 45-minute speeches, and I would be willing to bet each new one is almost that same as the last.
When I was a younger man in the 1980s, a non-profit was a license to steal. Guys I knew of in Brooklyn used to advertise for junk car donations to help the blind. They would then sell the cars for quick cash and, as CEO, hire their wives, children, and any other family members and pay them as much money as sales of donated cars could support. As long as they had a dollar left at the end of the year to donate to the blind, they were a non-profit.
Now, I’m not saying that Bill and Hillary would ever do something like that (nah…not them), but scale the hell out of it, dress it up, put a little lipstick on it, and the business model still works.
Poor Hillary! We all know how she grew up: a strong woman with twelve siblings in a one-room shack, having to share the outhouse with those filthy Republicans. She struggled through adversity, and when true love called, she was there ready to marry Bill and take on the challenge of making the world a better place…and, of course, make a ton of money in the process.
Her hero, however, is not her husband. It is Barack Obama. Her husband is a big man with big ideas, who did best when he caved and adopted the Republican platform while shutting his mouth. But Barry was right – Bill wasn’t transformational.
No, she admires Barry, who is a small man standing athwart history screaming, Go ahead! We deserve it anyway. Whatever Barry’s done, she will do better, and when the both of them are finished with our precious republic, it will no longer be precious or a republic. There will be flames and ashes, because even though the Iranians have been threatening to kill us since 1979, we did not believe them. Or rather, Barry and Hillary didn’t believe them.
Yet you have to admire Barry.
Bill Clinton is the type of guy who hits on your underage daughter at a party and then has his friends forestall the beating while he makes his getaway, inevitably on his way out the door picking up the plump girl with a heart of gold, who believes all his lines.
Now Barry…he’s the kind who sleeps with your wife (or husband, not that there’s anything wrong with that); steals your business, while destroying every other aspect of your life; and then says nice things about you at your funeral, while releasing a picture of himself with your family to show how broke up he is about your death.
Ambassador Chris Stevens blood is on their hands.
The saddest statement you can make about America today is that so many people take these clowns seriously.
For my money, I wouldn’t care if they all jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge. For Hillary, it might be a good career move. And as I said, what difference, at this point, does it make?