Rubio Shamefully Attacks Conservatives Over Immigration Reform
Rubio continues running a scorched-earth immigration reform defense, as he
ramps up his criticism and attacks against the very conservatives that helped
him win his 2010 U.S. Senate race. Since his much anticipated immigration
reform surfaced last week, Rubio has been out defending every single opposing
view that has been written about his flawed immigration bill.
people don't know about Rubio is that he has always supported a pathway to
citizenship. While he was Speaker of the Florida House, Rubio blocked six
pro-immigration bills, and then defended his actions by saying that the bills
did not have the sufficient votes to get out of their respective committees.
Rubio was right. The bills lacked the necessary votes, but now several key
figures close to those negotiations have told the Shark Tank that its their
belief that Rubio made it a point to squash those six bills.
own 'yes man' and Communications Director Alex Burgos, who has long been an
activist and supporter of a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, is
currently the man behind all of Rubio's conservative media attacks.
told Fox Latino that Rubio "is determined to counter the hysterics and
misinformation about the bill with facts and perspective."
“Because our immigration system is broken in so many ways
and requires many reforms to fix it, it will always be far easier to attack
proposed solutions than to offer them,” Burgos told Fox News Latino. “It’s why
a lot of misinformation tends to land in people’s inboxes and gets regurgitated
in the media. It’s important to clear up-Fox Latino
thing Burgos needs to clear up is, whether or not his personal support of
amnesty for illegal immigrants is playing a role in the Senator's
early 2012, we posted a story about how Rubio has possibly started to show his
true political and personal colors, when he began to alienate the very people
that helped him get elected.
History of Mistrust
Unfortunately, Rubio change of posture towards
his early supporters turned out to be a consistent one and not a temporary
lapse of loyalty on his part. Rubio himself has personally been approached by
certain key supporters who have expressed their concerns about what’s happened
with him as well as whom he has surrounded himself with.
Rubio was also advised to reach out to some of the
staffers and supporters who devoted themselves to his campaign and had felt
betrayed by his “self-serving,” and dismissive nature. But in keeping with his
non-confrontational demeanor and ‘Hear no Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil’
approach to dealing with people, Rubio did not reach out to those individuals
after vowing to do so. Senator Rubio lost a certain degree of respect with a
few for failing to ”do the right thing,” for not acting when he needed to.
Now, more and more of Rubio’s ‘real’ statewide
support team have grown discontented and disappointed. Apparently, there is a
running joke around the state of Florida that whenever someone distances
themselves from someone, at whatever level is said to be “Pulling a Marco.”
What is truly interesting is the fact that many of
Rubio’s early supporters- most of whom do not know one other- have this same
common complaint about Rubio. They believe Rubio has gotten what he wanted from
them and has forgotten who it is that got him elected.
These supporters are not upset with Rubio, but they
do feel that they were duped into supporting someone who they thought was
genuine. Some of these supporters in question just shrug it all off and
consider Rubio’s ‘rear view mirror’ approach to outreach laughable.-Rubio
Stiff-Arms Loyal Supporters
after we posted this story, Rubio immediately went into damage-control mode,
calling just about everyone he thought could have an issue with him. Just to be
clear, Rubio did not use his "MarcoPhone" to make these telephone
has decided to anchor his already shaky credibility and political capital
to this immigration reform bill, while demonstrating to others outside of
the Florida and Miami political circles of just how shrewd and disloyal
he can be.
Erick Erickson has also sniffed out what many in these very same political
circles have known for awhile, Rubio is not who he pretends to be. Erickson
even points out that Rubio is attacking former Senator Jim DeMint, the very man
who bucked his party and supported Rubio in 2010, when no one else would. Way
to go Marco.
I am deeply, deeply disturbed by the games being played by
pro-immigration advocates on the right, including staff in
Senator Marco Rubio’s office, Grover Norquist, and others.
They are attacking other conservatives who disagree with
them as racists, slavery supporters, bigots, haters, baby killers,
un-Christian, etc. They are waging a coordinated attack between Senator
Rubio’s office and others against conservative stalwarts like the Heritage
Foundation and Jim DeMint.
They are proposing a plan that thus far appears to be
unworkable, is wholly too complicated, and is a distraction from issues that we
could all agree on in the name of getting a plan acceptable to Democrats. In the process, their attacks
on conservatives designed to intimidate, browbeat, and silence them opens old
wounds and does exactly what the Democrats hoped to do — divide the right and
play directly to the fears of Hispanic voters who have for so long seen
political leaders of both parties demagogue the issue.
Many of the people who want an immigration solution frankly
could care less about Hispanic voters. They see this as an issue the GOP has to
get right on and they will do whatever it takes to get right on the issue. They
are playing political games. Seeing self-styled conservatives and libertarians
trying to pass any legislation that is labeled “comprehensive” should always be
a red flag.
I have seen friends paint others as racists, as
sympathizers to abortion advocates, and as haters all to try to steam roll
through their preferred policy solution. I have seen good conservative
organizations attacked and lumped in with fringe groups. I have seen mainstream
groups characterized as fringe. I have seen people whore their faith in the
name of immigration reform.
I have seen shameful things. What will be the cost paid in
these attacks? These are not liberals attacking, but other members of the
center-right. They now claim that
maybe Boston would not have happened had this bill been passed or, at worst, at least with this
bill millions of new immigrations coming into the country will be known instead
of unknown. I’m sure the dead eight year old and his family will be consoled by
also points out the obvious campaign-style intimidation and browbeating tactics
Marco Rubio and his 'new allies' are currently using against their own.
Remember, this is the same Marco Rubio who prides himself as being a 'Man of
God,' who makes it a point to take his family to church up to twice a week, and
who even conducts Bible studies in his home.
I mean nothing, comes out of Rubio's office without Rubio himself signing
off on it. Burgos and his PAC team run cover for Rubio at every turn. You see,
Rubio is only a 'cash cow' to them, nothing more. Just ask his grossly overpaid
told the political science class he teaches at Florida International University
that in politics, you need to stay loyal to the people that helped you along
the way. Perhaps Rubio needs to start taking some of his own advice?
Cross-posted at The Shark Tank