So what is it, do you think, that Chuckie Schumer’s buddy, presidential candidate Marco Rubio, might be so afraid of? And, really, the only reason I ask is because Rubio canceled what as to be an appearance at the recent Conservative Review Conference in South Carolina, five minutes before he was supposed to appear. Was it because Louie Gohmert had taken him to task, and pretty harshly, on his amnesty positions right before he was supposed to go on stage.
Rubio’s campaign was is said to have offered the following explanation: “FYI – Because of a delay in today’s schedule, Marco is unable to make the event below tonight. Senator Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Congressman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) attended to represent the campaign. Tomorrow’s schedule remains unchanged,” the Rubio campaign said in a statement. Now personally speaking, that’s sounds rather lame and something that we might expect to hear from Hitlery.
And it was Rick Tyler, a communications adviser to Rubio’s fellow candidate Ted Cruz, who said, “This is a final admission that Marco Rubio isn’t even going to try compete for the votes of conservatives in South Carolina or anywhere else. And who can blame him? Rubio isn’t a conservative.” Tyler went on to say, “Instead Rubio and his campaign would rather hide behind their deceptive campaign tactics and liberal record on amnesty for illegals and voting to nominate John Kerry.” I would tend to agree.
According to those who were there on the ground at the conference, had Rubio chosen to appear at this particular venue, he likely would not have been all that well-received. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Donald Trump supporters were there in droves, but there was little discernible enthusiasm for Rubio. Cruz reportedly received a thunderous ovation when he took the stage. So perhaps sensing a level of political hostility, Rubio likely took what he saw as being the easy way out!
However there seemed to be more than enough time ‘before’ the conference for Rubio, Tim Scott, and pro-Rubio South Carolina governor Nikki Haley to take a photo-friendly trip to the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg, S.C.. According to a Conservative Review spokeswoman, the organization that was sponsoring the event, Rubio was scheduled to speak at 8 p.m. and sent Bobby Jindal, Tim Scott and Trey Gowdy to the event as well as several campaign staffers.
Moments before he was set to take the stage, the spokeswoman said, Rubio’s team informed the Conservative Review team that he would be late. The team offered to adjust the schedule, and do whatever it took to accommodate Rubio so he could speak with the conservatives gathered there. But, like I said, Rubio ultimately saw retreat as being the better part of valor and eventually ended up being a no show. Which made it clear that he’s not someone able to defend his position.
Rubio’s campaign attempted to argue that it sent Gowdy, Scott and Jindal as Rubio surrogates to the event, but the rule from Conservative Review, which was set months ago, was that campaigns couldn’t send surrogates unless the candidate himself came. The campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, for instance, also asked to send a surrogate instead of him since he’s doing the CNN Town Hall this evening and Conservative Review refused that request as well.
Rep. Louie Gohmert, who criticized Rubio directly before the candidate was slated to speak, said that he made it very clear to those in the conference crowd that Rubio had chosen to betray his Tea Party roots during the “Gang of Eight” immigration debacle. Gohmert said, “I think originally I was going to speak between Marco Rubio and Carson. I said I’m supposed to go after Marco, and the guy said Marco needed to move until later so now he’s going on before Carson.”
Gohmert also went on to say, “I didn’t mention his name, I didn’t mention any of his supporters. I just pointed out that we were really excited because we had been fighting Boehner’s amnesty and McCain-Schumer’s amnesty and we were so excited when we had a great tea party senator elected from Florida and then he joined the Gang of 8 bill.” Which is exactly how I felt. When I saw Rubio standing there next to Schumer, all smiles, I was left feeling more than just a little betrayed.
Gohmert said, “I met with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and other House conservatives at least once a week, sometimes in Ted Cruz’s office, sometimes on the House side, and we were strategizing about how to slow the bill down. I think the great work that Ted Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) did in slowing down the bill really paid off, and Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) got elected thankfully and that’s when it finally died. I didn’t get into all that detail at the conference but I did point out that there was absolutely nothing that Ted Cruz ever did but help the cause of slowing the bill down.”
Gohmert didn’t choose to speculate as to why it was Rubio that might have canceled on his speech right after his remarks referring to Rubio. He simply said, “Well, see I don’t know, I certainly don’t want to speculate, the old judge in me says you don’t want to assume facts not in evidence.” He also noted the fact that Steve King had missed the event because his wife was taken to the hospital, and perhaps Rubio had a similar problem. Thankfully, he said, King’s wife is doing fine.
To be honest, I’ve been disappointed with Rubio, even after having voted for him and donating to his campaign back when he was running for the Senate. I couldn’t believe it when I heard how he had teamed up with that sleazy hack Schumer. That act alone was enough to tell me that I had been badly fooled by this guy. The only saving grace, I suppose, is that it wasn’t Charlie Crist that Florida sent to the Senate. But I have to wonder, if things would have turned out any differently had we done that.