Marco Rubio Officially Killed All Hope of First Openly Gay, Black Federal Judge

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Despite widespread local approval in the legal community and a surprising show of support from religious leaders, Miami-Dade Judge William Thomas will not receive a promotion to the federal level with a spot in U.S. District Court for the Southern District. Thomas would have been the first openly gay, black judge in history, but Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has now officially killed that nomination.

Federal judges are appointed by the president but need support from both of a state's senators. Rubio actually suggested Thomas to President Obama in the first place but earlier this year withdrew his support. Incidentally, that withdrawal came right around the time many gay groups began heralding Williams' appointment as a sign of progress.

Officially, however, Rubio pointed to Thomas' "judicial temperament." Rubio cited two sentences handed down by Thomas that the senator didn't think were strict enough, including Thomas' sentencing in the high-profile hit-and-run case of Michael Traverso. However, even the prosecutor in that case said Thomas' sentencing was appropriate given the circumstances.

Without Rubio's support, Obama has now pulled the nomination, according to Naked Politics.

Last month, a local Baptist preacher led a protest at Rubio's office in support of Thomas' appointment.

"He is well trained in the law. He has a good, honest, and discerning character that makes him an outstanding judge," Rev. Cal Johnson said.


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DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter


The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

Spend thousands with GOP credit card

"Marco Rubio Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"

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.


Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship?

Rubio is a hypocrite he want his family to have health insurance but not the taxes payer. who pay his salary and health insurance the laugh is on the people who voted for him who might need and will benefit from the ACA.Poor Marco Rubio. He's only signing up for Obamacare and pocketing those ten grand because he's FORCED to, lol. What a terrible fate! Obamacare is worse than slavery, LOL

This is proof that the makers and the so called takers are the same people. These guys that claim that they are the makers are makers because they are taking from us takers so to speak. The Waltons make their money from the least of us or the so called takers. The Rubio's of the world take advantage of things that help his family rest like the rest of us. There is no difference other than the difference in how you present yourself publicly. If you as an American don't think that Congress is not full of takers and don't like their perks why in the hell when they are talking about shrinking government it never includes their pay and benefits. Their are only two reason three reasons to want to be in Washington, 1. Money 2. Power 3. Perks/Benefits the latter two are the very same things they accuse average everyday Americans of coveting and why we didn't elect a rich man (Romney) nationally like we elected (Scott) in Florida. Why would any working American vote for one of these rich people knowing they are not going to govern in the best interest of the working class is beyond me. If they think that because they made money in life they will help them make money that is ludicrous because most of them was born in money so their plight don't apply to most of us.


Silva Zeca
Silva Zeca

Its time to take this clown away from the senate. He has done a lot of damage already for FL. How i hate this idiot!!!

Seán Schauseil
Seán Schauseil

AWESOME Judge too!! I was part of the jury for a trial he presided over! :)

Sylvania Driver
Sylvania Driver

We shouldn't expect anything from Marco Rubio he just like all other Republican, lie about everything that their Way

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................isn't   oH MARco !   the guy who didn't get his story straight on IF his own parents were CUBAN exiles escaping CASTRO or immigrants or visitors or whatever ?

Fred Gadson
Fred Gadson

It doesn't make sense to lose good jurist who mete out justice equally and fairly. With the news percolating that D. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is considering a bid for his senate seat and the fact that he voted against Judge Thomas, he has done himself in and he MUST GO.

Yaser Castro
Yaser Castro

Marcia Rubio is fucking everything up for Florida. He is so corrupt and a a puppet for the tea party.

Starship Trooper
Starship Trooper

Bad move...would have been good Federal Judge...Time for Rubio to go. How I wanted Meeks to win last time. Nice guy and honest

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter



“rivera has been accused of misusing campaign donations for personal use, and Rubio has largely admitted to having done the same thing.

Indeed, the far-right senator was about using a Republican Party credit card to purchase personal items. Rubio conceded it "looks bad," and acknowledged, "I shouldn't have done it that way."

It's worth noting that we're not talking about minor purchases -- Rubio billed the state GOP for more than $100,000 during his two-year tenure as Florida's House speaker, including repairs to his family minivan.

marco rubio and david rivera the two con men also co-owned a house together, a house that went into foreclosure

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

@frankd4  


“Marco Rubio born to Cuban exiles? Not true, after all."Marco Rubio Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"

His parents came to this country in 1956 looking for economic opportunity. They declared at that time they intended to stay permanently. The fact that Castro came to power in 1959 makes a nice excuse to claim his parents were exiles, but it's simply not true. They came here looking for opportunity and assumed they'd be able to return to Cuba for visits whenever they could. Castro complicated the latter, but didn't change the
former.”


which makes Rubio a common anchor baby of a common economic migrant

. . with the added cop-out of claiming "Dry Foot Hot Track Status", denied to every OTHER
 economic immigrant coming here . . .

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee voting 78,223 absentee votes, compared to 26,533 for Meek and 25,478 for Crist.

This is a real problem here and the disparity in registrations for democrats v. Repbus voters this year is astounding. Add the fraud you brought up in your post we should have FBI, DOJ investigating the results of  Rick Scott and  marco rubio”

Scott is not the only prominent GOP member in Florida with close ties to the absentee-ballot fraud machine. Consider Marco Rubio's famous U.S. Senate victory.

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.


frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@DRAKEMALLARD.0 @frankd4  


...............well if voting fraud was an olympic sport FLORIDA would certainly be in for a medal


...........GOV SCOTT will have his own problems if he ever is voted out because no investigator will risk pursuing a sitting elected office in high office but the groundwork has already been done on the columbia/HCA fraud details while scott was in-charge


..............oH MARco ! will eventually screw with the wrong people and will be abandoned and another KEN DOLL will take his place

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

@frankd4@DRAKEMALLARD.0

Marco Rubio, was paying thousands to Bovo's firm absentee voting 78,223 absentee votes, compared to 26,533 for Meek and 25,478 for Crist.

This is a real problem here and the disparity in registrations for democrats v. Repbus voters this year is astounding. Add the fraud you brought up in your post we should have FBI, DOJ investigating the results of  Rick Scott and  marco rubio”

Scott is not the only prominent GOP member in Florida with close ties to the absentee-ballot fraud machine. Consider Marco Rubio's famous U.S. Senate victory.

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.

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