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Senator Rubio Gives the Stiff-Arm to Loyal Supporters

by Javier Manjarres

Ever since his David vs. Goliath victory over former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s ascent into the political stratosphere has continued its upward trajectory.  And with that higher profile comes an intensified scrutiny that is typically reserved for conservatives whose upward mobility in the political world is considered likely.  The Politico recently ran a story that vetted Rubio’s past and the people involved, at least according to the media, who helped him get to where he is now.

While all of the political operatives named in the Politico story had at least some role in Rubio’s ascent, the truth is that it was Rubio who was really the prime mover in his ascent from state legislator to U.S. Senator and political stardom. The advisors mentioned in the Politico story are known as the ‘Three Amigos” among Rubio’s inner circle and former staffers.  But now, these “Three Amigos” and one more of their johnny-come-lately “friends” are now Rubio’s gatekeepers, and some are accusing them of looking out first and foremost for themselves and their bottom lines.

During Rubio’s senatorial campaign closed-door strategy sessions, it was Rubio who made the final call and oftentimes scrapped his advisors’ advice and acted on his own political instincts.  In light of the intensified scrutiny that Rubio has received of late- one of his advisers explained that Team Rubio was “getting a proctological exam on a daily basis”- Rubio’s political skills are certainly being tested to their limits.

While Rubio’s stature continues to grow, there are also an increasing number of Rubio’s supporters who are very disappointed in him, and their concern is palpable. 

Politico‘s story quoted Rubio saying, “I had a pretty long campaign. The people in Florida know exactly who I am.”  But do Floridians really know exactly who Rubio is now?

Before Rubio announced his intentions to run for the U.S. Senate in 2009, there were only a handful of family members and supporters who actually believed in him and were willing to put their necks out on the line for him.  During this period, Rubio was pressured to run for Attorney General or Governor and let Charlie Crist run unopposed in the Senate race.  Except for Pat Shortridge, Albert Martinez, and his state finance team, everyone was pressuring Rubio to consider the AG position because of the uphill battle that he would have in trying to defeat Governor Crist.

During the early stages of the campaign, Rubio ran a true grassroots campaign that targeted Republicans.  Rubio would oftentimes attend small events and walk out with a couple hundred bucks in contributions- these may have been greatly disappointing for most aspiring candidates, but Rubio held his head up and clearly saw that he was in the early stages of a long process.  



Because Rubio came across as genuinely engaging and an open book to all he encountered, Rubio became known simply as “Marco”. “Marco fever soon swept the state was like no other in recent history. The base of the Republican party mobilized behind a man who walked and talked like them. Rubio became the man who the grassroots considered one their own, someone whom they felt they could reach out to and was trustworthy enough to represent them.

 But like all things in life, this feeling of genuine euphoria among Rubio’s key statewide supporters and true believers seems to have faded after election day.

 Towards the end of Rubio’s 2010 Senatorial campaign, there were rumblings from staffers that Rubio’s campaign was ‘hijacked’ by outsiders. While some discounted this notion, others saw this as a warning sign of possible problems in the future.

Rubio was perceived by some to have become distant and dismissive of many of his early hardcore supporters and volunteers. After the campaign ended and Rubio found himself settling into his new Washington, D.C. address, supporters from around the state began to question whether the Marco Rubio that knocked on each one of their doors and had called them simply to say hello or ask them for a favor was the same Rubio that they thought they knew.

 This continued throughout the first half of 2011, as Rubio completely discounted the notion that he could possibly have a problem with those early supporters who truly believed in his candidacy and in him as person. According to some of these supporters, Rubio refused to return phone calls, texts, emails, and delegated the responsibility of communicating with these supporters to his staffers.

 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.

 He has become a typical politician that only cares about himself, and has shown us all that he lacks the character that we thought he had. What happened to him, we thought he was one of us? -Grassroots supporter in Sarasota

Now that his name is being thrown around as a possible Vice Presidential nominee, Rubio has apparently gone into stealth mode. Unlike before, Rubio is now very calculating about what issues he addresses, and he appears to speak in a more ‘prepared’ and deliberate manner.  Rubio has always joked about President Obama using teleprompters, but could those be not far down the line for the Senator? ;)

Rubio emphatically states that he will not be the VP pick.  But listen carefully to his words- he has never stated that he would outright refuse the nod were he to be asked.  This is something very compelling that has not been addressed in the media.

Some of Rubio’s close associates have confirmed that the Senator is being groomed for bigger and better things, but would not specify if it was the VP spot or perhaps a 2016 Presidential run.

In spite of all of these concerns, one must give ample consideration to other factors in play.   Senator Rubio is by all accounts an extremely busy person in trying to juggle his young children and family obligations in addition to his very active Senate schedule.   Perhaps these disgruntled supporters did not consider that once Rubio became a U.S. Senator, he was never going to be as accessible a person to them as he once was, and it’s also a result of Rubio having less time on his hands by uprooting his family to live in both Washington D.C. and in Miami.  Rubio needs to be given a bit more slack with his situation, and those few who feel alienated by the freshman Senator perhaps need to check their egos at the door.

Regardless of whether Rubio ultimately moves up the political ladder or not, he will need to shore up his early base of support that was once solidly behind him.  Rubio must also learn to engage the small grassroots fires before they become out of control brushfires as is the one that is currently burning among many of his supporters. 




About author

Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators.

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  • Sam

    We all knew he would turn out like this. Marco has always been all about him.

    • http://catholicbook.com mascmen7

      Family, insane non-schedule in Senate, attending both Catholic and evangelical churches, flying to and from Miami, raising money, reading senate bills, consulting other senators, leisure time leave no room for talking to everyone. He is just too busy and supporters should let him take care of business and stop demanding a privileged access to a US Senator. Cool it and back off. We know who he is and we love him for it.

    • yshaw1

      Sam, what a jerk! we knew he would do a great job and he is! Just so many hours in a day. You probably don’t speak well of anyone anyway.

    • Harry Walia

      Dear Sarasota Supporter,The truth of the matter is that there are always going to be disgruntled staffers who spread rumors and supporters that are disappointed in a political candidate once the excitement of a campaign is over. Regardless of that, Marco is doing a job we sent him to do in DC. He continues to stand for his principles and represent us, the conservatives. He is the same man we know him to be: honest, principled and with the best interests of Florida and the nation in his heart and mind. I am from Sarasota and was closely associated with Marco’s 2010 Senate Campaign as his county chair. One day I hope to support Marco in his Presidential run.

  • Charles

    Come on, a little bit more credence to the reason that you only gave one or two sentences. He has young children and is a very active Senator, the man is busy. Also I noticed that the focus of their anger/annoyance/etc, was not his stance on the issues but their access to the Senator, maybe they are the ones who need to check their egos and get their focus back on whats important, fighting for personal liberty and getting our economy back on track.

    • Sandi Trusso

      @Charles – I agree… In order for a “rookie” to make a difference in the DC world, he/she has to immerse himself in the inner workings of things. Because he, as a rookie, is already beginning to become successfrul (nearly unheard of for a newcomer), and as a result, he’s becoming nationally known (and high on the list of those who will endure media attacks). He has a young family. Don’t forget that this is a man fighting for God, country and family, and as such he certainly cannot ignore his own family. Given all of this,3exactly how much time in a day, do you think there is left for him to race around smoothing ruffled feathers of selfish supporters? Not much… the man has to sleep at some point, as well.

      People have to realize that they as individuals are not the be all, and end all, of everything. We need to evaluate the big picture and realize that the issues at hand are bigger than the individual. People need to get over ourselves, and look at the massiveness of our national fiscal and moral crisis!

      Sen.Marco Rubio has been doing exactly what he was elected to do, and because he is making headway, he is being getting persecuted by the liberal/progressives. None of the people who are whining about him, could hold up to such attacks. Try to imagine yourselves being out there as one man all alone under such attack. We need to be there in united support for Sen. Rubio!

      Anytime you see that he will be at a Townhall meeting, or any public gathering, make certain he has enough supporters to neutralize any attacks. Because I assure you my friends, the better known he becomes and the more voters who will support him, the greater numbers of public attacks he will have to endure. While there are many who will silently support him, they aren’t many who will put their own necks on the line, publicly. I believe that Marco Rubio is destined for greatness, but he is still human, and he will need all of the prayers ahd support we can give him.

      I once heard a quote (don’t know the originator)which stuck with me: “Those who only exercise their freedom to remain silent, could one day discover that silence is their only freedom.”

    • Kelly

      Thank you Charles for pointing out the obvious.

      Wow Javier. This is what happens when an idea becomes a phenomenon. When you grow something into a large movement, by definition the one at the top won’t have have the time he used to to reach out directly to all of his supporters. It has nothing to do with Marco’s priorities. It has everything to do with only 24 hours in a day.

      Please get real. The man is amazing. Are you saying his success is now his curse just because you can’t get a personal return call from him? Of course he must delegate his tasks to staff. If he doesn’t, he’ll die from exhaustion. And so will his family.

      And to somehow fault him for being cagey about the potential of being the VP pick? Of course, he’s going to do what he’s doing. He’s humble. He’s focused on the US Senate. But if picked, and he will most likely be picked if the nominee is thinking straight, he will help drive a stake in the machine called the Obama campaign.

      So please. Cut Marco Rubio some slack. Put yourself in his considerable shoes and try, just for one day, to juggle the level of priorities he’s juggling.

    • Kelly

      Thank you Charles for pointing out the obvious.

      There are easier ways Javier, to get a return phone call from Marco Rubio than to stoop to this. Cut this great man some slack. He’s busy. He has to delegate to his staff or he dies.

      • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

        That is exactly what was written the post, he is busy, and people need to cut him some slack.

        • OklaWildcat

          No that WANT what was written in the article. The entire article presented Marco as aloof & upity. Hes doing the work he was sent to do. Leave the tears to the Democrats when he is next VP or whatever.

        • Dagny

          Javier, can’t you see what is happening? You gave Marco a heads up about this piece and he got his Marcobots to respond on his behalf. To be perfectly honest, you were much too kind to this joker. Marco’s popularity is going down for good reasons. He doesn’t even have the courtesy to return other congressmen’s phone calls representating Florida because he is much too busy consorting with the corrupt political leadership in Congress instead. He crossed over, he is no longer a tea party favorite for good reasons.

        • Sapphire

          I agree! As a young Senator he seems to be ding his job.

    • Michael J Church

      I too agree with Charles and we all know that what appears to be arrogance and self centeredness is probably confidence in the abilities of a man who is focused on the problems of DC politics and doesn’t necessarily allow outside factors influence or distract from his mission. Voters have a short term memory and they feel snubbed without consideration for the real problems that are staring us in the face every morning. Marco Rubio is not your A-typical politician. He is focused, uninfluenced and unwavering and if that pisses off the Republican base than so be it. I would worry more over a guy who tows the status quo.

      • Dagny

        He is also corrupt and is more focused now on power and money. He is voting unconstitutionally every time it matters. He is no better than the rest of the corrupt political establishment in Washington.

    • L DeVivo

      AMEN to your comment! Sounds like sour grapes to me! I back Marco Rubio and pray for his influence on our country’s government to remain strong! Oh, how we need him!

    • Dagny

      Marco Rubio is a power hungry politician. He has aligned himself with all of the neo-conservatives in Congress, the Juan McCain’s and Lindsey Graham’s of the globalist new world order. He supported the NDAA and voted to diminish free speech. He is one of them. But putting his manipulations aside HE IS NOT ELIGIBLE to go any higher period. He is NOT CONSTITUTIONALLY ELIGIBLE. So they can groom him all they want but, he will only be another usurper if he is elected as VP or President, and I for one will never have any respect for him and his handlers. He is not a conservative, he is a money hungry, corrupt politician just like the rest of them, that will sell their soul for money power. And, by the way, he doesn’t even have the courtesy to return phone calls from other congressmen representing Florida. My congressmen has stated that Rubio does not return calls. Who the hell does this joker think he is anyway? I would rather vote for Mickey Mouse before I vote for this traitor again! He can go to the devil for all I care!! If he runs for any other office, I will vote and send donations to the Democrat running against him, since I consider Marco Rubio more dangerous. This article doesn’t even begin to expose who Marco Rubio really is. All it does is white wash Marco’s true duplicity.

      • Sherry

        Can’t believe you are complaining about Marco Rubio. Do you think you could do any better? I doubt it. He is the best Senator we have had from Florida in a long time. You could have another Bill Nelson in office who votes with Obama every time. Or maybe that is what you really want.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/TroySchoonover TroyS

    Whole crux of the story can be summed up this way:
    Javier: “Can someone please tell have Marco start returning my calls again?”
    This is not to belittle Javier’s point–just pointing out the obvious.

    • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

      You referring to me? Not the case

  • DocWashburn

    What a clumsily written article. Besides the typos and misspellings, the main beef seems to be that one of the nation’s most popular US Senators doesn’t take the time to return emails and phone calls. Really? And there is not ONE named source. What a lame attempt at a hit job. How stupid do you think we are? How much did Axelrod pay for this garbage? For once in his life, he was robbed!

    • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

      This is not a hit piece. This post This is story that is far beyond your knowledge and paygrade

      • Ron C

        Wow, you must be really smart and have a high paygrade.I bet you are something special. The way you write I’m guessin’ you must make 8- 10 bucks an hour.

        • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

          $12/hr

      • Julio

        Let me see if I understand this.

        We have 2 Senators in a state of 18+ million people. He ran a grass roots campaign to get where he is and personally and physically touched a lot of people. It worked and he was genuine in his mnner and his goals.

        Now he is in office. He serves on committees, answers to constituents and lives between his home in DC and his home in W Miami.

        And he is supposed to be able to reach out personally to all who “felt” he was close to them before. And now they feel slighted??

        If there is a fault – it is staff in DC and in Florida that are failing. Example:

        Strom Thurmond remained South Carolina’s Senator until he died in office at 100 years old. Anyone who saw him in his latter years knew he couldn’t perform. Why was he able to be re-elected?? Staff.

        Strom Thurmonds office was well known to provide trhe best constitutent service of any of the 100 US Senators. They did a phenominal job. They earned Sen Thurmond his job for years.

        Marco needs the same. His staff is killing him with constituents. Poor organization, lack of response and an air that I am sure is not deliberate – but comes across as not caring. They have their job to do and no one lse matters.

        Marco – YOU need to take care of this – right away. You are NOT beinbg served well when articles like this come out. Dealk with it immeidately – no matter how good you are in committee or on TV or on the floor – fail here with the poeple and you will have failed in office.

        Upgrade your staff. Obviously your CoS is not doing the job. Time for refelction and maybe a reshuffling.

      • Dorothy J. Cali

        I was a supporter of Marco when he was running and I am still a supporter. Your comment on pay grade hit me square in the face. I am far from a wealthy person but gave to Marco anyway and probably not as much as you since you grade people on their pay grade.

        • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

          comment has nothing to do about actual ‘pay’ or ‘money’-it is a term used to reference someone ‘not’ being in the know

  • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

    ***Note to all. This is not a hit piece against Marco. Marco knows very well what is going on, and has been addressing the matter prior to this story. On another note, Marco you still owe me $2 for the valet ;)

    • Kelly

      I’m absolutely not buying what you’re selling Javier. Get over it.

  • George F

    Reading this article was a waste of my time. I voted for Rubio because he was like minded in his vision for the country we love. He has exceeded my expectations thus far. Thank You Senator Rubio.

    • F. Tom Vining

      My exact feelings. In my opinion, he has a job to do for the people of Florida and he is doing it extremely well. I voted for him and will support him in whatever his choices may be. I also will not ask for anything in return as it appears his grass root supporters believe they are entitled to. FTV

    • Gigee

      George I am in totally agreement with you. Once we get the good people in ,it seems they want to kncok them down.
      I’m very proud to have Marco Rubio as our senater from Florida.

  • Ken

    So, Marco is not bending to the will of some political machine?
    Is that why the hit piece on him?
    Wow. Democrats will do enough damage to him.
    Its sad to think that we are now eating our own.

    I think I’ll unsubscribe to SharkTank.

    • Dl tomten

      Excellent suggestion. If nothing else, this poorly veiled piece os details how some truly worthless hacks wanted to use Rubio as a vehicle to power. Good for him for using them. Now they’re a waste…it is a good time to lose them. If they had any character, they’d be proud of him fo who he is and where he is. This site is history.

  • Daniel Joy

    The article is bereft of specifics to support the thesis that Rubio used his early supporters and then discarded them when he got what he wanted. Self-serving politicians are common to the breed but to advance the argument specifics (i.e. facts) are required.

    Having personally experienced the pace of the United States Senate as a Legislative Counsel to a conservative Republican for 4+ years it needs to be noted that each day’s mail produces hundreds if not thousands of communications. The larger the state’s population, the larger the number of communicationsand that was before email. If the Senator has any national profile as Rubio certainly does, people from all over the world communicate. Letters came in large bags, daily. In our office we had four people just attempting to sort and process the communications. Given the magnitude of the volume very few get to the Senator. Supporters should not take it personally.

  • PatR

    As lond as Rubio maintains his conservative credentials and beliefs, I really don’t put much stock into if and when he returns phone calls. Question maybe someone can help me with. Senator Rubio’s parent’s did not get American citizneship until Mraco was 3 years old. Does this not disqualify him from becoming president? If he is not eligible for POTUS then it stands to reason that he could not become Vice President. My understanding of the eligibility question is that one has to be born of at least one maybe two U.S. citizens?? Please help. No opinions please just the facts.

  • Jo

    What a whiny little piece of bullcrap this was. What are you, in third grade or something?? You should consider using another forum to showcase your little tantrums.

  • deedee

    I held my breath as I read this article. It’s absolutely vapid in content. All of you people who are expecting a call from the Senator should get over yourselves. In local campaigns I would always say,” I wish my friends would get off my back so I can fight my enemies. ”

    I supported Rubio financially more than I have ever supported any other candidate. I don’t want a phone call. I want good government. He is far better than Crist and will always be miles above the man in the WH who is attempting to destroy this nation. Please, folks, stop the bickering and get behind Marco. At the rate conservatives are bickering, by the time this is over, we will all be fighting for turf in a concentration camp. Obama is the enemy and Obama is the one we should be speaking against.

    • http://sharktank Anne Hanson

      Right on DeeDee!!! I support Rubio 100%. With responsibility to family & country, he is doing very,very well.

  • Whats_Up

    Sure would be nice is we could get true “Constitutional Conservatives” elected – of which Rubio has proven to NOT be. Congress is a cesspool of crony capitalism and corruption.

  • Winslow

    I am glad Marco isn’t bending to the will of the media. Keep it up Marco.
    He isn’t running for VP. He will run for President someday. I wish it was NOW but I can wait.
    He should continue being his own man and remain true to his ideals.
    God Bless you Rubio and don’t waist time on this article.
    Attempted hit didn’t work.

  • http://thecaptainsamerica.talkspot.com Matt Bruce

    Boy is this ever the truth! When Marco Rubio started out as a Candidate in the GOP Primary, he appeared on my radio show 2-3 times a month. That same thing happened after he got the nomination. Once he got elected, he’s been on my radio show exactly 2 times and it’s been almost a year since I spoke with him last even though I’ve requested time and again to have him come on so his supporters and the people of FL could hear directly from him about issues that need to be discussed. I never would have thought he would steer away from those of us who supported him from the beginning to the National Handlers that now control what he says and does. Javier you’ve got this exactly right! That’s MY story and I’m stickin to it…

    • cc

      He’s busier! Get over it!

  • Pastor Jack Martin

    If I could issue a word of caution for those reading this article. I have worked for Marco, have visited his office in D.C. and am good friends with one of those on his staff.

    First off I question those saying the things about him that are said here. Of course things change from being a state level rep and a US Senator. From serving a small part of the year, to the entire year.

    The issues become much more intense, and visible. So yes he must speak more clearly, but has his character or person changed? I think not. My college room mate and one of my most trusted friends is a friend of Marcos from the Miami area. He tells me that my gut is right.

    What I hear in this article is smallness on the part of some, who themselves want more say in what he does. They want to pull the strings and are mad because he is being his own man.

    I stand with Marco. On his character, his person. We have become the most critical of all. Let’s judge with a fair and just measure. Time I believe will prove that Marco is the man of integrity that he has been from as far back as his days in the Florida govt.

    Book of James says, lets us be slow to speak, quick to listen, and slow to wrath. Sounds like good advice to me.

    • Steve Ballou

      To Paster Jack Martin: I think there’s a legitmate arguement in that Sen. Rubio was not sent to DC to be ” his own man ” but to represent those views which voted for him.

      The concerns expressed in this forum indicate that there is a perception of disatisfaction, correct or not it should be addressed by the Senator. Sooner would be better, not when he’s running for re-election.

      Reclaim America, according to news reports, has gathered over 500k, certainly enough money to pay for a small staff to reply to the emails from Florida voters. (Assuming the Law allows)

      Two years into office with this disatisfaction in his constituent service should be a wake up call, perhaps you could use your contacts to alert the Senator to an area in need of, dare I suggest, improvement.

      Respectfully,

      Steve B

    • Steve Ballou

      To Paster Jack Martin: I think there’s a legitmate arguement in that Sen. Rubio was not sent to DC to be ” his own man ” but to represent those views which voted for him.

      The concerns expressed in this forum indicate that there is a perception of disatisfaction, correct or not it should be addressed by the Senator. Sooner would be better, not when he’s running for re-election.

      Reclaim America, according to news reports, has gathered over 500k, certainly enough money to pay for a small staff to reply to the emails from Florida voters. (Assuming the Law allows)

      Two years into office with this disatisfaction in his constituent service should be a wake up call, perhaps you could use your contacts to alert the Senator to an area in need of, dare I suggest, improvement.

      Respectfully,

      Steve B

  • Joanna Wallace

    Such a shame that it took you ’til the end of the article to explain the reason he cannot return everyone’s phone calls personally. (Hoping that nobody would read that far?) We elected him to be busy in Washington and that’s what he does. God bless him.

  • Chuck

    I didn’t vote for Marco because I wanted a friend in high places. I believe in the ideals he espouses. I hope he does continue to grow in influence, even if it means he goes from being my Senator to being our President. I agree. Those who are complaining that Marco Rubio is not as available to them as he once was need to grow up and see the bigger picture.

  • cc

    Yes, a wasted article. I respect a man who puts his family first….he still does his job well. He doesn’t need to talk to everyone all the time.
    A hit piece.

  • http://www.tascamendment.com H.E McCoy

    I assume Marco is building a foundation in the Senate and a national image for being a serious issue-minded servant of the people. I know that’s optimistic. But a boy can dream.

    I have also come to realize that real change will only happen by enough people getting behind ONE issue. When this happens, I think our senator will follow, even if he chooses follow at the front.

    Good Luck Marco – We bet on you pretty heavily – please don’t let us down.

    http://www.tascamendment.com

  • Jeffreyknee

    I agree with Charles. It’s the supporters’ egos that this is about. They’re acting like stalkers. Rubio is busy working and that’s admirable these days in Washington. He’s scaring the pants off the Dems and their media, good job!

  • harry houdini

    Marco is Marco. He has always been about himself. Thats just the way it is. Nothing wrong with that! if Romney loses to Obama ( which many BIG MONEY power hungry R’s with time on their hands really want) Rubio will be the Republican candidate for President. With the conservatives, the women and the hispanic vote, he will blow away all competition, R’s and D”s, and the Republicans will be in full power ( House and Senate) by Rubio’s second term.

  • harry houdini

    To clarify my past post, if Obama wins in 2012, Rubio will be the republican candidate in 2016.

    • BoGo

      The Republic will not survive until 2016 if Obama is re-elected.

    • http://allergystore.com Cheryl Krause

      Marco is too politically smart to run in 2016 without leaving the Senate.
      He knows that Senators don’t get elected President (Obama was an oddity), Governors get elected President.
      Just the way it is.

  • Perseids

    My disappointment in Rubio began quite some time before election day arrived. The perceived subsequent “transformation” was a fait accompli. He’s got way bigger fish to fry. Onward and upward with a few well placed boosts.
    The Beltway deserves him, we deserve someone focused upon our welfare not their own.

    And Charlie thought he was the slick one.

  • Judy Murray

    Has Rubio changed his position on THE issues? That”s the real issue!
    I think not!

  • Delena

    YOU SAID IT, George! Even during his CAMPAIGN, MANY groups (yes, I’ll actually NAME some of them… TEA PARTY start-ups who DEMANDED Marco attend to their GROUP personally, frequently) criticized Rubio relentlessly! I hear the SAME people whining that “Marco never takes my calls”.. though I am aware the Senator’s aids are very responsive. Face it, nothing short of LUNCH EVERY TUESDAY WITH SENATOR RUBIO… is going to please any of the “complaining PATRIOTS”.

    Javier, this is really a poorly written failed attempt at sensationalism. Gossip, nothing more, except your cheezy “insider puns, ..owe me $2″ speak to YOUR character, not his.

    I carefully follow every action, Bill proposal, speech of our Senator, proud I helped propel him to DC!
    His 100% Conservative rating should prove everything.. BACK OFF and let him RECLAIM AMERICA for MY FAMILY!

  • http://none Granny on the go

    Javier, who have you sold out to? Petty, Petty. Mr. Bruce, grow up and get a life. Do you know the difference between campaigning and doing your job? He’s busy doing his job. You 2 are pathetic to say the least.

    • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

      Sold out to? He is doing a great job as Senator, no one is saying anything different.

  • Sandi Trusso

    Just for the record, I did not think this article was a “hit piece”. I only wrote this to remind people of what time, effort and even bravery that it takes to pursue those things Sen. Rubio was elected to complete.

  • Sheryll & Critters.

    This article was a complete waste of my time. The replys made more sense.

    If you check Marco’s record, you will see he is doing a wonderful job.

    I think I need to unsubscribe to this now.

    Thank you for making the decision to be rid of your email. Will save me a lot of time.

  • alvin ross

    Manjarres …. what a piece of crap ! Can’t you do better ? Did you want a “botella” in goverment ?

  • Steve

    There seems to be more to this article than what the writer wants to tell. Rubio has done a fantastic job as Senator,but I have also heard that he has turned his back on some friends. Regardless of what happnend, Senator Rubio is still our only hope to defeat Obama and his administration

  • gopgrassroots

    As an early supporter, I am on Marco’s 3% list and I can tell you I never expected to have special access once he became Senator. I am proud of the work he is doing and am thrilled that I had a part in getting him elected.

  • alvin ross

    Manjarres …. what a pice of crap ! Can’t do better ? Did you expect a “botella” in goverment ?

  • Kelly

    Wow Javier. This is what happens when an idea becomes a phenomenon. When you grow something into a large movement, by definition the one at the top won’t have have the time he used to to reach out directly to all of his supporters. It has nothing to do with Marco’s priorities. It has everything to do with only 24 hours in a day.

    Please get real. The man is amazing. Are you saying his success is now his curse just because you can’t get a personal return call from him? Of course he must delegate his tasks to staff. If he doesn’t, he’ll die from exhaustion. And so will his family.

    And to somehow fault him for being cagey about the potential of being the VP pick? Of course, he’s going to do what he’s doing. He’s humble. He’s focused on the US Senate. But if picked, and he will most likely be picked if the nominee is thinking straight, he will help drive a stake in the machine called the Obama campaign.

    So please. Cut Marco Rubio some slack. Put yourself in his considerable shoes and try, just for one day, to juggle the level of priorities he’s juggling.

  • Sherri

    Anyone who believes that they should have as much access to an elected official as they did during the campaign season needs to reevaluate their priorities. We have an excellent example of the ineffectiveness of a person who remains in campaign mode throughout their term in office…look directly to the White House. Wonderful example of the dangers of never actually doing the “work” for which one was elected to do.

  • Rudy

    He went down a notch for me when he didn’t support Newt. Is he going to be Romney’s “Sarah Palin”?

  • James

    Hey Everybody,

    I just received an email from Marco after I requested that he oppose the anti gun leg. working its way through congress. He assured me he is pro second admendment and supports my views. Oh by the way I am one of those unknown Marco supporters and crackers that voted for Newt. way up here in north east Florida.
    I stand behind Marco. He has my vote for VP and future president.

  • http://www.posterchildrenfortermlimits.com George Blumel

    As one of the earliest supporters of Marco vs Charlie I have been rewarded by his actions as Senator. Had he veered off track by voting for increased spending and more regs and taxes then I would get angry with him. He’s doing what we sent him there to do so be happy and get after the others who talked a good game but don’t vote with us. BTW, he doesn’t answer my calls because there haven’t been any but if he goes astray I’ll be demanding an answer. Right now, he is among the top five Senators from a conservative/libertarian view. No VP –we need him to help DeMint, Toomey, Paul, Johnson, Lee and the other good guys.

  • Kolackygirl

    Isn’t it amazing the way the media can stir up a tempest in a teacup! The whole story based on (Javier’s own words)”Senator Rubio lost a certain degree of respect with a few…” Emphasis on “FEW.” A few disgruntled voters being made the mouthpiece for the whole Rubio grassroots movement!
    As others have said, he’s a very busy man now, being the Senate, raising his family, traveling back and forth to Washignton. And what I’m seeing in these comments is that people want good government, and a better economy and if Senator Rubio can’t call them back personally, so be it. It’s more important that he’s working to turn things around in Washington.

  • Lourdes Sanchez

    Wao, what a silly article!
    I am a housewife and I don’t have time to answer phone calls most of the time, SO to Javier M. and all the other cry-babies on this article, GROW UP.
    BTW, I was at Black point Marina this weekend and Marco was there with his family AND he could not be any more simple or kind STOP THE HOLLYWOOD GOSSIP and get back to real politics.

  • http://up22 john wright

    I have to agree with others. Marco is a busy man and just because he doesn’t answer texts or e-mails to friends doesn’t mean he’s not thinking of them or forgetting them. I see what he does in Washington and at home in Florida. He’s working not glad handing nor on a constant reelection campaign!

  • Don39

    All the rage about an as yet unproven young Senator is bound to go to his head. His ‘worshipers’ share the blame. Talking crap about him being vice and such crap can go to his head or go over his head. Especially since he loves the Constituion and knows he is Constituionally ineligible to be the vice or the president thus is fully aware of the ignorance of such promoters!

  • Steve Ballou

    I think the last two paragraphs of the article are to the point, just as some of the replies are valid. Rubio is a busy guy, that said I might suggest his staff/constiutent management team may need an upgrade.

    Some months ago I happily contributed to his Reclaim America PAC, shortly after I was, not surprisingly, asked to contribute again.

    I twice sent the Rubio/ Reclaim America Team emails asking for more info. Neither emails were responded to.

    I am not so naive to expect Rubio to answer me personally, I do and did expect an answer from his staff, paid or volunteer, I suspect our young Senator needs to to look into his management team’s treatment of his Florida’s political base… I’m happy he’s on the national stage but I’m old fashioned enough to expect an answer from someone I’ve contributed to, however small a donation, in a reseaonably timely manner.

  • Marco Rubicon

    Nice to see Rubio’s media hack Manjarres finally writing a straight forward piece about his little ‘amigo’ Too bad Manjarres will surely go back to being Rubio’s lap blogger.

  • RoboMom

    Javier, Please continue to do what you do best; hold our elected officials accountable! Marco’s constituents have every right to question their representative, indeed it is our responsibility to ask whether he is in office to represent the people he has sworn to represent, or to pursue his own political ambitions! There are really two reasons people run for office – the above mentioned political ambition, or to fix things that are broken and to protect the people from tyranny and other ills of “government gone wild”. His recent votes on NDAA and SOPA (from which he tried to backpedal), say as much about his character as anything he has previously said in speeches. Is Marco simply a great orator (like someone else in the White House we know!) or does he have true conservative convictions?

    The “revolution” of 2010 has done little or nothing to recall dangerous laws being spewed forth on an almost daily basis by the usurper in chief and his team of communists and radicals. We must have strong conservative leaders that will challenge the party line, and stand up to the progressives and communists that have no intention of leaving Washington – EVER! Our rights are being stolen from us on an almost daily basis and this is no time to be playing politics. My suspicion is that Marco has fallen under the spell of “Papa” Mitch (McConnell) and his BFF “Father” John Boehner, who has taken on the roll of parenting all the newcomers to the political process, chastising anyone who dares to go against him and vote their consciences! Keep up the good work Javier! God bless!

  • Luis R Vazquez

    It could be that some people took him for a Marionette to make him jump when told to jump, and the guy happens to have his own personality

  • NJ305woman

    As someone who raised millions of dollars for the Rubio campaign, I can say that the complaints are absolutely legitimate. Rubio spurned the people who were with him when nobody would go near him, like Pat Shortridge and those that came with him. A good friend of ours worked in the campaign and brought us to raise money for Rubio in our home. To our disbelief, he also got spurned.

    I’ve raised money for a lot of Republicans, and I’ve never seen anyone who treats his most loyal supporters and staff with such indifference. The truth is these people came into Marco’s life only after he made it. When I called his D.C. office, there wasn’t a single person there that I remember from the days I would call his campaign office where there was a staff of maybe 5.

  • Marcelo

    This all seems like personal issues with Senator Rubio and some supporters. Kudos to the writer for putting it all out there,even though I would have liked to have read more details.

  • http://boomerblaze JoAnn Lewis

    It is going to take more than a few failures to return calls or e-mails for me to reconsider my position on Marco, and I don’t even live in Florida.

  • http://visionsandprinciples.blogspot.com/ InRussetShadows

    You lost a bit of respect from me on this one, Javier.

    Yes, the last two paragraphs are true, but they fail to hold back the avalanche you started in the prior paragraphs. As one writer to another, I know you knew the effect this article would have. There’s no denying it.

    The lack of specifics really bugs me. Who are all these mysterious unhappy people? Why won’t they go on the record? This kinda reads like a mainstream news piece.

    Honestly, this makes you look pretty small and the people who gossiped about Rubio, it makes them look even worse. There are much better ways to handle these issues that print critical quasi-smear pieces and hope for a remedy.

    • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

      C’mon, loss of respect? The vagueness of the story is to protect these ‘key’and close allies of the Senator from reprisal. This is by no means a hit piece, and he knew as early as Thursday night the specifics of this story.

      The story is one big ‘inside baseball’ piece that comes across one way for everyone that is not in ‘the know’ I have heard from the major players/supporters, and its one big ‘thumbs up’

  • U KNOW WHO I B

    Only us that were close to Marco know the truth. What a JERK he turned out to be! He will be exposed more soon…

  • http://www.PoliticalStrategist.org Tim McClellan

    Javier,

    I do not believe for a second that Marco knew of this hit piece last Thursday. Even if he did it would have been an underhanded threat on your part to get him to talk to you. I am afraid this one backfired on you.

    Anyone who has read any of your dribble knows if you feel crossed you will use the power (lol) of your rag to hit back. To do it to a sitting Senator who is doing a fantastic job and has a terrific future ahead is disgraceful. Marco is doing a difficult and demanding job.

    You, on the other hand, just write trash do damage to the Republicans who are running for or already in office. You are a disgrace to the Republican Party.

    By the way, if you had something of importance to say to Marco, he will listen to it. I would have no problem getting through to Marco with information that is significant or pertinent to a current issue. I do not bother him with petty self-serving calls like you attempt to make yourself look important.

    Tim McClellan
    Political Strategist (R)

    • http://www.shark-tank.net Javier Manjarres

      There you are. We were wondering where you were. Seems like all of your ‘politcal strategery’ has you busy. You are way out of your league here, let it go

  • Dagny

    Marco Rubio is a power hungry politician. He has aligned himself with all of the neo-conservatives in Congress, the Juan McCain’s and Lindsey Graham’s of the globalist new world order. He supported the NDAA and voted to diminish free speech. He is one of them. But putting his manipulations aside HE IS NOT ELIGIBLE to go any higher period. He is NOT CONSTITUTIONALLY ELIGIBLE. So they can groom him all they want but, he will only be another usurper if he is elected as VP or President, and I for one will never have any respect for him and his handlers. He is not a conservative, he is a money hungry, corrupt politician just like the rest of them, that will sell their soul for money power. And, by the way, he doesn’t even have the courtesy to return phone calls from other congressmen representing Florida. My congressmen has stated that Rubio does not return calls. Who the hell does this joker think he is anyway? I would rather vote for Mickey Mouse before I vote for this traitor again! He can go to the devil for all I care!! If he runs for any other office, I will vote and send donations to the Democrat running against him, since I consider Marco Rubio more dangerous.

  • David Crespo

    Thank you Javier for this article. It was very informative.

  • Robert Fallin

    The only group Rubio won’t sell out is AIPAC. Is THAT a surprise.

    Does Rubio support Mitt Romney? He sounds as if he is trying to be like him.

  • jason

    Sounds like you have a personal problem with Senator Rubio Mr. Manjarres. I don’t your political affiliation sir, but if you are Republican, you are a fool, and you’re displaying the same idiocy that has characterized these Republican primaries, where Republican candidates (led by Rommney) have torn each other to pieces, losing sight of who the real oponent is. If you are a Democrat, Mr. Manjarres, then you are either an imbecil, a hypocrit, or both. Is well knwon that Senator Rubio is very active, involved in many activities, has a young family, and has done more in the short time since he was elected than Obama have done during his entire political career.

  • 509revo

    Scott Brown elected as the friend of the people. How soon HE forgot!

    Marco Rubio, or should he be called Scott Rubio? How about Marco Brown?

    Politicians… put ALL their names into a hat, pick one, and you’ll have the WORST one.

  • GenEarly

    I was one of Marco’s early contributors of the 200.00 variety. I am disappointed not in his schedule as I never expected access to a US Senator. I did expect his votes to reflect the dire situation we are all in and raising the Debt Limit only postpones and makes worse the inevitable calamity.
    The USA is Bankrupt right now and Marco knows it as well as the bloggers here should know it.Borrowing 40% of every Dollar spent is not only “unsustainable”,but Insane.
    Elect Dimicrats or Repubs, it will make No Difference when interest rates go to a reasonable 6%. (Remember under Carter they were 20%+).
    How much of the Federal Tax Revenue will go to pay the interest owed on the current debt at a 6% rate?
    If you do not know the answer to that question, YOU are a Sheeple and deserve what is in store for you.
    Economics like Gravity respond to natural laws,not bloviating hack politicians or their minions from either party.

  • Spot On !!!

    Javier – One thing nobody can accuse you of is not doing your job. I have seen you and Marco together. I know that you two are very close. I also know that you and Janette have similar heritage and that you are very close to the Rubio family.
    Soooo…..I know this is you doing your job representing people like me. Moreover, this is a concern that needs to be addressed.
    When people dedicate themselves to a campaign and donate much needed thousands of dollars, it is the responsibility of the staffers on the political side to make sure that they make these supporters feel included in the process. It’s all about PR!
    I was made aware of this post just a few hours back – sorry not a regular here. First thing that came to mind was – “Spot On”. People will attack you because they love Marco for the good man he is and I see the comments above and many people are failing to grasp the true message. You are right, and one of the posts here eloquently offered Strom Thurmond’s example. No doubt that Marco is doing a good job and I did not see you question his performance in the post above. We conservatives are self righteous and often feel that just because we are doing a good job, we can forget about the PR aspect of the job. Unfortunately, that is not how it works.
    We all including you are well wishers and want Marco to reach the top but for that he needs to lead his staffers better. At the end of the day, buck stops with Marco. So, good people – I suspect mostly conservatives dedicated to the cause – may get angry about you pointing out this deficiency in Sen. Rubio’s team. I think you did well by bringing this out to the front. The issue must be addressed now so that it’s not too late.
    It is wrong to accuse people that sacrificed their valuable time and thousands of dollars to support Marco during his campaign of being ego-maniacs. I assure you that only desire these dedicated conservatives have is to see their voice being heard. Just like it was being heard during the campaign.
    Busy or not, got to do it for the sake of the party and to make sure that Marco attains greater heights. Maybe finding time during the session breaks would be the right thing to do. A two minute call from the Senator will go a long way towards re-engaging these supporters, to seek their help for our victory and achieving our goals. We need to keep bringing these good people out to help us in this very important upcoming election cycle.
    I had feared that given your closeness with Marco would keep you from bringing this up. Good job ! Remain fearless and keep up the good work!

  • Jose

    I have a new found respect for Javier. Knowing how he covered for Rubio during his campaign and how he has carried his water ever since, Javier needs to be commended for calling Rubio out.

    For him to have to write about his friend in this matter has to tell everyone that there is a big problem with Rubio and perhaps he is just a typical phony politician.

  • Ofelia

    I sure hope Rubio is not as shallow as he seems. Great article!

  • carmen

    It is not inteligent to say someone is corrupt without really proving so….if he was a “nobody” like most of us are, no one will be critizicing him, but the Senator is great and he will get far regardless of what other envious ones say. He is doing a great job, is always presenting bills, etc. Give the guy a brake, he can not fix all the mess done by the others of whom you never talk about!

  • Jeff

    Senator Rubio stay on the conservative course, that is the reason we voted for you. Continue serving all, including the non conservatives.
    It is not a surprise for true believers to be disappointed when “outsiders” get close to their favorite politician. Make certain that your staff treats them with care and concern so they will not feel ignored. This is part of the life of the recently elected politician. The growing pains. As you well know, in politics perception is reality.

  • lillymckim

    VP Marco Rubio will have my vote

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003405856579 Riane

    I remember when most of us thhougt Boner was going to save the GOP and unite Conservatives and Republicans, and he has turned out to be far less than stellar Rubio is saying and doing all the RIGHT things, I just hope he doesn’t succumb to the political correctness of RINOism

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