Photo: Sen. Marco Rubio
Senator Marco Rubio, R-Florida, has the Tea Party to thank for his win this past year, but on the eve on the of the first ever Tea Party senate caucus, it has become likely that Rubio will not attend.
The junior senator does not have the session on his schedule, but in a statement from January 17th, his spokesman Alex Burgos stated, “Senator Rubio is proud of his relationship with the tea party movement and shares its commitment to tackling the debt, defending the free enterprise system and restoring our limited government tradition.”
Rubio’s expected no-show is a “little bit of a disappointment,” Amy Kremer Tea Party chairman said. ““Ultimately what matters is his vote, but there is concern, “All these new members should know that we are watching. If anybody thinks they can play this movement, that’s not going to happen. We’re watching what they say, what they do.”
What has some Tea Party members worried is that in the past, Rubio had cast some doubt on about his full commitment to the party when, in July, he told CNN that he saw no point to a Tea Party caucus in the Senate.
“I don’t know what the need for that would be,” he said. ‘‘I’m more interested in being part of a caucus that would lower taxes in America and create an environment where jobs are going to be created by the private sector.”
Bringing him a win after being 30 points back, Tea Party members say they’ll be watching his decisions closely.
Vice president of Tea Party Manatee, Steve Vernon said, “It would be nice if he joined Rand Paul’s caucus, but as long as Marco continues to vote in the way we’d like to see him vote, that’s the most important thing. As long as his vote and his actions and his word continue to essentially mirror our principals, then we’re not really upset.”