Florida’s gutless Republican Senator Marco Rubio got kicked out of his office in Tampa for avoiding his constituents.
The Washington Post reports that hundreds have committed to protesting outside his offices every week, and that has irritated the landlord enough that he kicked Rubio out. Here is the proof that local activism works:
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and his staff have been booted out of his office in Tampa because of continued weekly protests outside the building.
The owner of the Bridgeport Center, which has been renting the space to Rubio since 2014, has decided to not renew the lease because rallies have cost the company money and have become too disruptive for other tenants, Jude Williams, president of America’s Capital Partners, told the Tampa Bay Times.
The office needs to be emptied by Thursday, and it appears the senator has yet to find new headquarters in Tampa.
The inconvenience caps off ten-day period where Florida’s junior GOP Senator shamelessly pretended to be in Europe to avoid his constituents and was caught in a viral video (below) complaining to a Miami Democratic Party member that town halls are “stupid” because citizens are angry at him for being a terrible public servant.
A Florida man caught up with Sen. Rubio just three days later, as the craven corporatist attempted to sneak into a class he teaches at the Florida International University’s north campus without attracting attention on his way. That’s where Florida’s Republican Senator told him that people at town halls are “rude and stupid.”
I caught up with that man, Tomas Kennedy, and asked him why Rubio is so deathly afraid of holding town hall meetings even after taking a whole year off the job to run for President, which would presumably prepare him to face displeased crowds. He said:
“Marco Rubio is just going to keep running away from his constituents symbolically and politically. What else can he do? Face people, and tell them he’s taking their healthcare away to give tax cuts to big money donors like the family who owns US Sugar or the Koch Brothers?”
“Four of the largest ACA recipient Congressional districts are here in Florida, three of them are Republican controlled, and during the recess, we couldn’t get one town hall meeting setup. These Republican Congresspeople are afraid of their constituents.”
Senator Rubio then went on local television over the weekend, to deny all of the evidence of constituent anger and blamed the people for wanting their voices to be heard. The wounded career politician whined to the camera that public service is a partisan activity now that he’s in office. But Rubio had other opinions in 2009 during the Tea Party:
The shoe is firmly on the other foot for Florida’s Republican Senator. Now, he can’t even go to his home county of Miami-Dade – which voted resoundingly against him in November – without running in terror from his constituents because they’ve got opposing viewpoints and want to have a public discussion about health care.
Rubio complained to the CBS Miami affiliate that the protesters were being unfair to him!
“They are not town halls anymore. What these groups really want is for me to schedule a public forum; they then organize three-, four-, five-, six-hundred liberal activists in the two counties or wherever I am in the state. They spread themselves out. They ask questions. They all cheer when questions are asked. They are instructed to boo no matter what answer I give,” he told the CBS affiliate. “They are instructed to interrupt me if I go too long and start chanting things. Then, at the end, they are also told not to give up their microphone when they ask questions.”
The Democrat in this video is holding a blank check as his symbolic protest, that it’s the only way to attract Sen. Rubio’s attention, which ironically turns out to be true. Perhaps that’s why Miami’s independent news outlets mourn that Marco Rubio was tragically born without a spine.
Watch and share Senator Rubio’s shame:
— Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) February 23, 2017
MSNBC also broadcast this video of a constituent finding Sen. Rubio in Florida’s largest public hospital, even though his office tweeted that the spineless lawmaker was going to be unavailable for a town hall meeting because he would be in Europe that week.
— Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) February 24, 2017
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition