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Friday, February 19, 2010

Rubio is Right for Florida!

The U.S. Senate race in Florida has taken a sharp, but predictable turn. Charlie Crist, the former governor who once was thought to have an easy path to the republican nomination for the senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez in now behind the relatively unknown speaker of the Florida House of Representative, Marco Rubio. Having lived in Florida for 10 years in the 1990's I saw the rise of Charlie Crist and he is a moderate on most issues and can rightly be labeled "RINO". Marco Rubio--bio does appear to be a true conservative. Rubio was the former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and a seemly staunch conservative--- a self-made man who came from a very humble background with his father being a bar-tender for most of his life after fleeing the early days of the Castro regime in Cuba.

In the upcoming primary in Florida independents will have little effect because that state has a closed primary system that allows only registered republicans to vote. The Tea Party effect so far is undeniable and at this point seems ready to sweep Rubio to victory. From what I know about Marco Rubio at this time I would have to support him in the upcoming election.

A long shot upon entering the race Rubio now has a double digit lead over Crist. Florida has a closed primary system and so only registered republicans will be able to vote in the upcoming election in August so the independent voters in Florida will have little effect on this election. The Tea Party movement is supporting Rubio and at this point that may well take him over the top. From what I know about Rubio at this time I support his candidacy.

Rubio Takes Double Digit lead over Crist
According to a new Rasmussen telephone poll among likely Florida GOP primary voters, former state Speaker Marco Rubio now has a double-digit lead over Gov. Charlie Crist in the race to be the Republican nominee for the open Florida Senate seat. Rubio now leads 49% to Crist's 37%, with 11 % undecided. Both have a double-digit lead over likely general election opponent, Democratic Congressman Kendrick Meek.

It is an amazing swing from last Spring when Crist held nearly a thirty point lead over Rubio in the Sunshine state, and Rubio had even been encouraged by party members to drop out and run for a different office. In December, Rasmussen released a survey showing the two virtually tied, and last week Quinnipiac University had Rubio leading by a few points for the first time.

At a press conference today on how his adminstration has aided Haiti’s earthquake survivors, Crist responded to the new poll findings.

"You know there is a time to talk about politics and there is a time to talk about people,and what we’re doing today is talking about people, about their needs, their wants and desires and how government is supposed to provide for them," Crist said in response to a reporter’s question. "I am not really concerned about the poll numbers, I am concerned about the people."

Earlier in the day, Rubio announced that his campaign plans to mark the one year anniversary of Crist’s attendance at a pro-stimulus package rally with President Obama by attempting to raise $787, 000 in the next 10 days. The 2009 Ft. Myers event helped showcase a chink in Crist’s once-impentrable armor: his open acceptance of federal stimulus money in the era of Tea Party backlash. The move, considered a misstep of financial temerity by grass-root conservative activists, helped fuel Rubio’s rise on the right. Crist has argued it was a necessary step to buoy a sinking state economy.

During today's call with conservative bloggers that occured before the poll's release, Rubio said that because of parallels to his campaign and Scott Brown’s in Massachusetts, he expected the "mainstream media’" to go after his surging campaign in the aftermath of Brown’s surprising win last month. read more from FOX News

14 comments:

WomanHonorThyself said...

sorry havent been around as much hun..Computer problems..oiy!..:) have a blessed weekend!

Barking Spider said...

Good news, Ron, Obama will not be a happy chappy! ;-)

Debbie said...

Rubio sounds good, but many sound good at the beginning. I hope he is a true conservative.

Debbie
Right Truth
http://www.righttruth.typepad.com

MK said...

I just read an article about Jim Demint, a conservative to the core, supporting Rubio. So i'd say he's your man.

TexasFred said...
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TexasFred said...

Any more all they gotta do is *claim* to be a Conservative, get elected to something and voila, the TEA Party, the RNC and CPAC are touting them as the next POTUS...

The GOP is on the verge of losing ANY credibility they have left, their desperation IS showing...

At least let the people have a year or 2 to establish their bonafides before you hail them as the 2nd coming of Ronald Reagan...

John Carey said...

Ron,

Everything I have read about Rubio tells me he is more conservative than Republican. I'm glad to see that Republicans are looking a bit below the surface and not just checking the box with the "R." Now if we can just get the RNC on the same page we just might make a difference.

The Born Again American said...

Ron,
I'm very proud to be and have been for quite a while a strong supporter of Marco Rubio... I'll be able to vote for Marco in the August primary and will do so with absolutely no hesitation... If anyone needs to see more, please go to this link, as The Conservative Lady so aptly posted his speech at the CPAC in Washington yesterday...

http://tclblogger.blogspot.com/2010/02/marco-rubio-wows-them-at-cpac.html

Charlie Crist is your typical
"RINO"... As imortalised in the infamous "HUG" with Obama right here in my home town...

Mr Pink Eyes said...

Rubio star seems to be rising, if he pulls off this victory over Crist it will be an upset, but I think he has a real shot at it. This election and the McCain/Hayward primary are going to be two races that are very interesting to watch unfold.

Snarky Basterd said...

Rubio is the real deal. Crist? He's the real soon-to-be ex-politician.

Teresa said...

Rubio sounds like he is a true conservative. I am pushing for him to win against Christ.

Bill Smith said...

Great article.

Cross posted your post on the Florida Blog: America's Best Choice

Maggie Thornton said...

Rubio is not only right for Florida, he is right for America. With the increasing progressive-bent in government, every State's Congressmen and women make a difference to all of us.

Crist got the GOP's funding nod, and endorsement, almost a year ago. It was another Gingrich-Scozzafava moment, and once Crist embraced Obama, people began to wake up. The GOP had to walk-back.

From everything I've seen of Rubio, he is the real deal. Good background, Ron. Thanks.

Always On Watch said...

The WaPo had a couple of articles about Rubio's speech at CPAC. I detect fear in those articles -- fear that Rubio is a conservative force to contend with. A good sign, IMO.