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Rubi-Oh-Oh: Crossing Over To The Dark Side?

13 October 2011 @ 17:43

Has Marco Rubio joined with Saruman?

Stacy McCain has an exclusive report that begins:

When Florida defied Republican National Committee rules to move the state’s 2012 presidential primary from an RNC-approved March date to Jan. 31, conservatives immediately suspected that state party insiders had orchestrated the move to help former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney thwart the momentum of Tea Party-backed candidate Herman Cain. Some Florida activists focused their suspicion on moderates in state party leadership – allies of Senate candidate George LeMieux and of former Gov. Charlie Crist — as orchestrating the change in the primary date. The move was seen as helping the centrist Romney, whose superior fund-raising resources would enable him to score an early knockout in the Sunshine State before Cain could fully leverage the boost he got from an upset victory in a Sept. 24 Florida GOP straw poll.

Yet while the moderate Republican faction in Tallahassee was immediately blamed for the primary date-switch, only insiders knew that a key factor was a push from inside the staff of the Tea Party’s own 2010 hero, Sen. Marco Rubio. GOP sources in Washington and Florida say that Rubio’s senatorial chief of staff, Cesar Conda, has been a major force in persuading Florida Republicans to move their primary to January.

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9 Comments
  1. 13 October 2011 @ 17:58 17:58

    Rubio is making a huge mistake. He is going to need the support of the Tea Party to win his next election and if he continues upon this path that endorsement is going to be unlikely. He is too much of a pragmatist? Has Rubio resorted to compromising and lost his way? Sure seems so.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      13 October 2011 @ 19:39 19:39

      I’ll be curious to see how he reacts, but it doesn’t look good right about now.

      I’d hate to have to place him in the Benedict Arnold category – it’s getting mighty crowded in there.

  2. Rosalie permalink
    13 October 2011 @ 19:46 19:46

    I think that many politicians start out really wanting to do what’s right but, let’s face it, politics is a cesspool and most get sucked into it.

  3. Adobe Walls permalink
    13 October 2011 @ 20:20 20:20

    This is the truly disturbing aspect of this, assuming Rubio approves of the actions of his underlings. Rubio probably doesn’t see backing Romney and trying to insure someone more radical doesn’t get nominated lest Obama win another term as selling us down the river. I suspect he’ll view this as mere tactics. THE problem with supposedly conservative Republican politicians is they lack faith in conservative principles. They chicken out at the moment of decision.

  4. 13 October 2011 @ 20:40 20:40

    What is this, the Stepford Candidates? Are Republicans gradually being replaced by robots programmed to collaborate with the left?

  5. 14 October 2011 @ 11:36 11:36

    CAIN takes strong lead in Florida. Hey, Marco, was it worth it?

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