When Marco Rubio burst upon the Florida political scene, he told a compelling story about how his parents had fled Fidel Castro and Communist Cuba for a new, free life in the United States. He told the tale often enough to garner enough sympathy votes from a new, misinformed base that believed his tall tales and fox fixed news noise propaganda and was elected to the US Senate. His formal Senate biography featured more of his creative fiction
The short version of the true story, is this: Rubio’s parents left Cuba and entered the US in 1956, three years BEFORE the Revolution and Fidel Castro’s taking power. After his takeover and the establishment of the communist government that he has so frequently and vehemently criticized, Rubio’s parents made numerous trips back to Cuba, and had little trouble leaving or re-entering the US. Beyond that, Rubio’s grandfather, Pedro Victor Garcia, had entered the US illegally during the late 1950s, but then chose to return to Cuba almost immediately AFTER Castro took power in 1959, and actually went to work for the Castro government in the Treasury Ministry. A couple of years later, he returned, again illegally, to the US, and was taken in to custody by immigration officials, and ultimately was ordered deported back to Cuba. However, he had at some pint been released from custody, and failed to appear for further proceedings. Years later, he applied for legal status, but a review of the forms he submitted, as described by the Washington Post’s Manuel Roig-Franzia in his biography of Rubio,”The Rise of Marco Rubio,” reveals that Garcia lied about when he had entered the US, by several years.
Despite his family having been not quite so anti-Castro as Rubio had alleged, he has been a staunch opponent of the Cuban government and perhaps the gop’s most vocal critic of Pres. Obama’s new era of diplomacy with Cuba and the opening up of that country to travel and trade.
But, in steps Rubio. It seems that during her tenure in the State Dept., Jacobson, was one of the President’s chief negotiators of the new relationship with Cuba, including her participation in opening a U.S. Embassy in Havana, easing restrictions on travel and business for Americans and establishing mail service between the two countries, all of which are No-Nos for Rubio, the man with the phony anti-Castro background. Senate rules allow a single senator to effect a “hold”, effectively prohibiting a full Senate vote on the nomination.
And so, due to his childish, irrelevant and made-up outrage, the US remains without an Ambassador to its third-largest trade partner, the country with which it shares a 2,000
Jacobson’s nomination to become the Ambassador was actually made on June 2 of this year, and Rubio’s hold was put in place on Oct. 8. Enough is enough – not only does the shameless, petty, deceitful and incompetent senator from Florida need to remove his hold, but he needs to remove himself from the presidential race. NOW!