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.
A group of conservatives who tried to unseat House Speaker John Boehner last year is making another try, but this time around, at least two members of the circle say they want to run for the leadership seat themselves.
Reps, Ted Yoho, R-Fla., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas., and House Speaker John Boehner.
Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert said on Fox & Friends Sunday that he is seeking the gavel, joining Florida Rep. Ted Yoho in a challenge against Boehner.
“We have heard from a lot of Republicans that said ‘I would vote for somebody besides speaker Boehner,’ ” said Gohmert. “But nobody will put their name out there. That changed yesterday with Ted Yoho.”
Yoho, who made his announcement on Saturday, and Gohmert do not have much support for their bids, reports The Daily Beast, but their campaigns could throw a wrench into Boehner’s re-election bid. According to House rules, a speaker is only elected when there is an absolute majority of votes. If that majority does not happen in the first vote, balloting continues until the absolute majority is reached.
There has not been a vote go to a second ballot since 1923, The Daily Beast reports, but given the continued outcry against Boehner, his opponents may be able to force that vote.
Maybe this Wednesday we will all see Boehner sobbing again… One can only hope and pray!!
At least 29 Republicans need to vote against Boehner to force a second ballot, and last year, only nine voted against him. So far, just four lawmakers, including Gohmert and Yoho, have publicly said they will oppose Boehner in Tuesday’s vote.
But there may be more, with Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, who voted against Boehner in 2013, appearing likely to join the opponents’ ranks again, reports The Daily Beast, and newly-elected Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer has said he’s voting against Boehner as well.
Late last month, Jones said that between 16 and 18 lawmakers were talking about voting against Boehner, The Daily Caller reported.
More than a dozen tea party-aligned conservatives are likely to vote against Boehner on the grounds that he is not sufficiently steadfast in opposing President Barack Obama on a variety of issues, including the budget and immigration, The Daily Caller reported.
In addition to Yoho, Gohmert, and Palmer, others purported to be part of the anti-Boehner movement include Reps. Tom Massie, Kentucky; Tim Huelskamp, Kansas; Justin Amash, Michigan; and Steve Pearce, New Mexico.
Boehner, though, is entering Tuesday’s vote from a position of strength. His spokesman, Michael Steel, pointed out that Boehner was “selected as the House Republican Conference’s choice for Speaker in November, and he expects to be elected by the whole House this week.”
In addition, the conference selected Boehner to serve as its official nominee for speaker.
Yoho, meanwhile, told The Tampa Bay Times that this first vote as a representative two years ago was against Boehner, and as a Tea Party politician, says his vote was not a personal attack, “but the representation of the voice of a frustrated nation.”
He said he still believes, two years later, that the American people are ready for new stronger leadership, but still has confidence in the GOP.
“They want a leader who is inspirational in message, and resolute in defiance against this president’s disastrous policies,” said Yoho, who is a large animal veterinarian by trade.
“I didn’t want to go into this Congress with the momentum we have from the November elections without the ability to change leadership in the House,” Yoho said on Fox & Friends Monday. “This is not a surprise. This is something, when I went up there in January of 2013, I voted against Mr. Boehner along with ten other members. And, this has been a build-up since then.”
There is no question that Boehner is in Obama’s pocket. He has demonstrated that time and time again in spite of all his rants to the contrary.
But if Boehner wins, Yoho said he’ll stand behind him or whomever is named speaker.
“I’ll go up to him. I’ll thank him, and I’ll tell him, ‘You’re the Speaker for the next two years, and I look forward to working with you to solve America’s problems,’ ” Yoho said.
My lovely wife and I shared a victory toast and a kiss in front of the fireplace in the lobby of the hotel where we are staying in
Colorado, upon the announcement that the GOP won the Senate.
Lloyd Marcus -Tea Party – American Patriot!
Our Conservative Campaign Committee team has been here for weeks, working to elect Cory Gardner for U.S. Senate. Gardner won!
Folks, please do not get me wrong: I am elated that the GOP has won control of the Senate. Despite its faults, the GOP is closest to our principles and values. Also, we desperately needed to dethrone evil madman Harry Reid as Senate majority leader.
However, I must confess that it was annoying to watch Karl Rove on TV pounding his chest in victory, proclaiming how he and his group pushed the Tea Party nut candidates out of the race. Rove had the nerve to say he and his people wanted the best electable conservative candidates. That simply is not true.
Chris McDaniel, to name one, in Mississippi was an awesome, extremely electable Tea Party conservative who was pushed out of the race with GOP dirty tricks, including race-baiting. Yes, you heard me correctly. The GOP establishment machine engaged in the Democrat-gutter, tried-and-true, despicable tactic of race-baiting to screw McDaniel.
I know. I know. You’re saying, C’mon, Lloyd, that’s in the past. We won. Celebrate and get over it. Sorry, folks. I expect better from our side.
Rove and his deep-pocketed homeys’ strategy of the GOP keeping a low profile and letting Obama hang himself worked okay. Unfortunately, exit polling revealed that the GOP is still viewed unfavorably by a majority of voters. Given the horrors and scandals of the Obama regime, the Republican wave should have been a tsunami. What if the GOP had offered an agenda inspiring people to vote for them rather than against Obama? What if the GOP boldly articulated why conservatism is the best and most direct path for each and every American to achieve his or her American dream?
Two remarkable things happened this election that strongly suggest that blacks are open to hearing what conservatism has to offer over liberalism. A video of urban blacks in Chicago trashing Obama and the Democrats went viral. And my lifelong Democrat 86-year-old black dad called from Maryland to tell me that he did not like any of the candidates, but he voted Republican. Folks, that is huge. Dad has always believed that a vote for a Republican is a vote for the KKK. So something is up.
Republicans now control the House and the Senate. Praise God! Now what? Word on the political street is that the GOP plans to give the Tea Party the finger.
Patriots, we must be more mobilized and engaged than ever. We must do everything in our power to push the GOP into doing what we worked our butts off for them to do: stop Obama’s agenda!
D.C. insiders say that the GOP strategy is not to push back too soon or too hard against Obama’s agenda, so as not to be called arrogant, aggressive, and mean by the MSM. The game plan is to play nice with Obama so as not to hinder our chances of winning the White House in 2016.
Karl Rove, GOP establishment hack and voice against the Tea Party
These D.C. insiders also say that repealing Obamacare is impossible and that the best that we in the Tea Party can hope for is for the GOP to fix it. Mitt Romney said that upon the GOP winning the Senate, an immigration bill would be top priority. You see where this is headed, folks? The GOP plans to go squishy on us and implement a Democrat-lite agenda.
We cannot and will not allow them to get away with it. I am proposing that the united forces of the Tea Party launch “Operation Hold Their Feet to the Fire.” Every individual, group, and organization must use their gifts, talents, skills, and passion to force the GOP to do the right thing.
Folks, we have brilliant minds on our side. I have met many of you traveling on over a dozen national bus tours, attending over 400 Tea Party rallies. I challenge you to think of strategic ways to turn the GOP’s agenda to our agenda: repeal Obamacare, secure our borders, return to fiscal responsibility, restore our freedom and liberty, and turn us back to one nation under God.
Ronald Reagan: “There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.” Patriots, I am calling for an-all-hands-on-deck drill to save our country by holding the Republicans’ feet to the fire. Frankly, I do not care which Tea Party group, organization, or individual leads the charge. Let’s just get it done!
Everyone pulling together is how we (conservatives) won big in 2010, shocking Washington, D.C., despite being ignored by the MSM.
As I said, we are in Colorado, too busy campaigning to enjoy the world-renowned hot springs. In celebration of the Republican wave, America’s push-back against socialism, we can relax a bit. Mary and I plan to enjoy a few relaxing therapeutic soaks in the sulfur-smelling hot springs.
Then we will be ready to pack our bags and hit the road on a “Hold Their Feet to the Fire Tour.” I have even written a soon to be released theme song.
I thank God for our victory. But there is still much more work to be done – miles to go before we sleep.
Congrats, patriots: taking the U.S. Senate is a major step in the right direction. Now, I don’t know why, but I feel compelled to end with this video of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America.”