Politics & Government

Carlos Beruff says he will not back down from Washington establishment after Rubio announcement

Carlos Beruff
Carlos Beruff Bradenton Herald file

After Marco’s Rubio’s announcement that he will run for reelection to his Senate seat, Carlos Beruff said he will not back down from the Washington establishment.

The Manatee County homebuilder released a statement at 10 a.m. Wednesday that the Washington establishment is “the problem, not the solution.”

“This isn’t Marco Rubio’s seat,” Beruff said in a release Wednesday morning. “This is Florida’s seat. The power brokers in Washington think they can control this race. They think they can tell the voters of Florida who their candidates are. But the voters of Florida will not obey them.”

Florida voters are “fed up with the status quo,” Beruff said in the release.

“Career politicans like Marco Rubio worry more about keeping the job than doing the job and are constantly looking for their next political promotion,” Beruff said. “I have real world experience and will bring my business mindset to the massive problems facing our country, problems that have only gotten worse while Marco Rubio has been our Senator.”

Rubio’s announcement comes shortly after a new poll was released that Rubio is the best chance of the Republicans maintaining control of the Senate seat.

A statement from Chris Hartline, Beruff’s communications director, also sent Wednesday morning called Rubio Washington’s candidate.

“According to two aides briefed on the Tuesday phone call, Rubio asked (Ted) Cruz to blast out a statement urging Rubio to run for reelection, ‘so it’s not just Mitch (McConnell)’ asking him to do so, as one aide described it,” the email reads.

Claire Aronson: 941-745-7024, @Claire_Aronson