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Rubio Shamefully Attacks Conservatives Over Immigration Reform

Senator Marco 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.

What most 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.

Rubio's 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.

Burgos 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

The only 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 decision-making process.

Back in 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.


A 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

Shortly 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 calls.

Now Rubio 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.


Redstate's 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 that.-Redstate

Erickson 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.

Nothing, 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 PAC 'consultants.' 

Rubio recently 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


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