Marco Rubio Continues Rightward Slide With Keynote Speech to Openly Anti-Gay Group

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This year has not been kind to Marco Rubio. It began with talk of Florida's junior senator being the savior of the GOP. But then the prodigal son got parched on national television, and his insipid immigration reform was roundly rejected by fellow Republicans.

In recent months, Rubio has begun moving to the right to appease the Tea Party. Now comes the most extreme example of his conservative mea culpa. Next Saturday, Rubio is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the Florida Family Policy Council's annual awards dinner in Orlando.

The FFPC is vehemently homophobic. It's founder, John Stemberger, calls being gay "a pathology" and argues that allowing gays into the Boy Scouts will lead to "boy-on-boy molestation."

See also: Marco Rubio's Approval Rating in Florida Is Now Negative

"This is the conservative dinner event of the year," the FFPC website says. "Our special keynote speaker will be U.S. Senator Marco Rubio who will be making headlines and news with a major policy speech you will not want to miss!"

It's hard to imagine that Rubio isn't aware of the homophobic statements made by FFPC officials.

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Following his immigration debacle, Rubio's approval rating was negative for the first time.
Stemberger, for example, has argued that gay couples should not be able to adopt. "Two moms, or two dads, are an objectively inferior choice when compared to the option of a married mom and dad," he said in 2010. "Even single parents have the potential and often desire to marry a person of the opposite sex, but "gay families" are inherently fatherless or motherless. Finally, Florida's Attorney General presented research in court briefs showing that homosexuals as a population have disproportionally higher rates of social, mental, and physical pathologies."

The FFPC's website devotes a whole page to praying away the gay, including links to organizations devoted to reprogramming people.

So what reason does Rubio have for delivering a speech to such a controversial group? There are 10,000 reasons, actually: That's the price for a seat at Rubio's table next Saturday in Orlando.

Plus, Rubio isn't up for re-election until 2016, by which time he'll have drifted back to the political center and -- who knows -- perhaps into the presidency.

Rubio's office could not be reached for comment.

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cobaltblu
cobaltblu

Rubio doesn't even think he's a serious candidate for National office anymore... This is just fundraising pure and simple.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

Amazing.....They have nothing better to do...no legislation concerning jobs, no legislation concerning education, no immigration legislation,...They can't pass a Housing/Transportation Bill, Can't Pass Or Reconcile a Farm Bill with the Senate, Republicans...Driving The Country Over The Cliff...Smiling While They Do It.....

Jorge Chacón Sandoval
Jorge Chacón Sandoval

It's sad when a Latino/Hispanic rises in the ranks of this very corrupt and racist political system and decides to be exactly like them. Marco Rubio is, for all practical purposes, "UN VENDIDIO" because he tends to become part of whatever political view/dysfunction is trending. Not innovative at all. Not representative of the people he should be serving and definitely not part of bring true equality to all the citizens of this country. And the worst part of it all, is when Latinos/Hispanic vote for him for reasons that merit true political ignorance. All Marco Rubio amounts to is a pile of smelly shit.

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

Should he win the Presidency, his acceptance speech might sound like this..."Thank you for...excuse me...(slurp! gurgle!)...your support...(slurp! slurp!)..."

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


"Sure, we lie to start wars, hoot people in the face and wipe our wealthy butts with the Constitution. We ignore hurricane victims, war vets, the american people and terrorist threats and blame the results on the last Administration. Yeah, we take bribes and go on golfing trips paid for by lobbyists. Yes, we can't wait to get our grubby hands on your Social Security, shipped your jobs to China and run up another trillion dollar debt. make you take reduced benefits, no overtime and the vanishing pension that disappears the the minute you go to collect it. The true is we don't care about you and your families. We vote for own raises, healthcare, and pension plans, and you are left to pay the bill. Yes we profited off of disaster, destabilized our currencies, and raised our cost of living.monopolized your freedom, stripped away education and liquidated your savings, Send your kids to wars base on lies and corp greed destroyed the middle class, and used your tax dollars to bailout are unending greed.

people it's time to join the ANTI-Social Network

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


Yes, go ahead, rather then focus your energy on fixing the economy and creating jobs, spend all your energy on pushing your religious views and political partisan propaganda. ahead and pander to the religious fanatics among your constituents.


““If these elected officials want to keep their jobs, we must petition our government to make them actually do their jobs, or else vote them out of office immediately. Remember: they work for us. It's time they remember that.

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. Vote all of the the tea KOCH party Congress Out in Nov 2014

The 18 senators who voted against the final deal are all Republicans: Coburn, John Cornyn (Texas), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Dean Heller (Nev.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Ky.), Pat Roberts (Kansas), Jim Risch (Idaho), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), David Vitter (La.).”

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as House speaker when he spent nearly $400,000 on office renovations.

Rubio's 2010 senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal Elections Committee for receiving "prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09."

Records show Rubio sent payments to American Express totaling $13,900 for his personal expenses during his tenure as House speaker. But those payments were not made monthly. He made no contributions to the bill during a six-month stretch in 2007, records show.

One committee paid relatives nearly $14,000 for what was incorrectly described to the IRS as "courier fees" and listed a nonexistent address for one of them. Another committee paid $5,700 to his wife, who was listed as the treasurer, much of it for "gas and meals."

Rubio's spending continued in 2005 when the Republican Party of Florida handed him a credit card to use at his own discretion. While serving as House speaker in 2007 and 2008, he charged thousands of dollars in restaurant tabs to the state party at the same time taxpayers were subsidizing his meals in Tallahassee.

Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee Helping Rubio cruise to a surprise win was a political consulting firm owned by Viviana Bovo, the wife of county Commissioner Esteban Bovo. She was paid $19,637 for "political strategy" and "consulting" by Rubio's campaign.

Dan Marino
Dan Marino

Ironically, he'll even blow them for votes...

Gabriel Pie-man
Gabriel Pie-man

In one word: Pendejitodemierda. Okay, those were three words, but it's fun to say it fast.

David Fleitas-Velez
David Fleitas-Velez

what a douche, when I see old guys doing this kind of thing, I shrug it off, when a young guy acts like those old men, it's disquieting to say the least.

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