Purchasing his own plane ticket, U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) has arrived in Haiti to help with disaster relief and to gather information to help officials planning humanitarian efforts there.
Meanwhile, what’s Republican Tea Party candidate Marco Rubio up to? Well, Saturday he was busy attending a gun show in Polk County, Florida, a Tea Party in Citrus County and entertaining 120 of his supporters in Pinellas County where he opened up a new campaign office. He reportedly drew laughter from the Pinellas crowd after announcing:
He’s got a point there with only 120 people.
There are more than 45,000 people unemployed in Pinellas County right now. Perhaps they could use a good community organizer right about now, not to mention a political party not aligned with Jeb Bush and his brother, which got Florida into this mess in the first place.
Organizing isn’t the isn’t the only thing Rubio isn’t interested in doing. He also stated recently that if he’s elected, he thinks it would be a good idea to shut down Washington DC and Congress for two years to “fix” the economy.
While his claim of fiscal conservatism is in question, there’s also the controversy about a questionable home equity loan he received from U.S. Century, a bank that received more of the Bush bailout money than any other bank in Florida. Rubio opposes full repayment to taxpayers for the bailout, and he complained about the Democrats “attacking” his opposition to the tax yesterday, “Sarah Pain style”, on his Twitter page:
Many in Florida have referred to Rubio as the “male Sarah Palin” for quite some time now. I have to say after reading this Tweet yesterday, I’m convinced!
While Kendrick Meek is in Haiti actually doing something to help out with disaster relief, perhaps Rubio thinks he can see Haiti from his backyard, and that’s enough?