Letters to the Editor

Rubio no longer worthy of election

Sen. Marco Rubio greets people outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016.
Sen. Marco Rubio greets people outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. AP

This past week’s announcement that Sen. Marco Rubio will run for re-election comes with doubts about his intentions. As a former supporter of the senator, I can say that I will not support him six years later after he broke his pledge with those that supported him in 2010.

When he first ran for the Senate, he ran as a Tea Party candidate, to only later turn his back on them and play party politics for personal gain. The so-called Gang of Eight tried to come to a bipartisan consensus on comprehensive immigration reform. Rubio was opposed to allowing any illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. during his Senate campaign, yet flip-flopped.

Rubio has proven to flip-flop many times on issues related to our country and to his love of serving in the Senate. Just recently, he made it clear that he had no interest in serving in the Senate anymore during his failed bid for the presidency. His poor attendance in the Senate voting of approximately 30 percent of the time indicates this, yet he has announced his intent for re-election.

His big government ideas include support for arming the Syrian rebels (we all know what a failure that is), support for the war against ISIS without explicit congressional approval, and support for the NSA. These characteristics are different than what he ran on in 2010.

To make matters worse, the people he has associated with including David Rivera, whose shady past continues to make headlines. A person can easily be identified by the company he keeps. Those with good conscious will remember this at the polls. Do you want to elect someone wanting to go to D.C. to work for you or someone needing a public paycheck and forgetting you?

Craig Bachler

Bradenton

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