In his Oct. 22 article, reporter Marc Caputo asserts that Sen. Marco Rubio has never said he was the son of Cuban exiles, yet until Oct. 22 Rubio’s official Senate biography stated that his “Cuban-born parents came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover.”
Even Rubio’s 2006 Florida House speech quoted by Mr. Caputo says, “In January 1959 ... Castro took power and countless Cubans were forced to flee. Today your children (include) ... the speaker of the Florida House (i.e., Rubio himself).”
The quoted opinion of Andy Gomez that no distinction is made between those who came to the U.S. before Castro took over and those after is not widely held.
George Gonzalez, a Cuban-American professor at the University of Miami, states, “Every Cuban-American knows when their parents arrived ... it’s part of the Cuban exile experience.” He contends that being murky on the dates does not cut ice and coming before the revolution “puts you in a different category.”
Gomez goes on to say, “They all share the painful experience of not being able to return home.”
But Rubio cannot even claim this excuse. He himself states his parents returned to Cuba several times with the intention of staying.
There can be little doubt that Rubio deliberately fudged the facts for political gain and, having been caught, is now trying desperately to limit the damage.
It is clear for all to see that he has a serious problem with accuracy and the truth. And has anyone yet seen a record of his expense claims whilst in the Florida Legislature that he fought hard to prevent being released?