A major political food fight has erupted in Florida, the home state of Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio after the vice chairman of the Florida GOP had the courage to endorse a presidential candidate other than the former Florida governor and current senator.
On Christmas Day, Miami-Dade Republican Vice Chairman Manny Roman penned a letter to the editor of the Miami Herald announcing his endorsement of constitutional conservative Ted Cruz and the campaigns of both Bush and Rubio, as well as the GOP establishment in Florida, are livid.
In his endorsement of Ted Cruz, Manny Roman does not mention Bush, but does Rubio, explaining that while there are a lot of reasons he could have supported him, Cruz stands alone in his willingness to “take on the Washington establishment,” what Cruz calls the Washington Cartel:
Senator Ted Cruz has demonstrated time and time again that he is not afraid to take on the Washington establishment — a powerful bipartisan group of insiders and special interests that benefits and grows regardless of the way the public votes, even when the margin of victory is large or when conservatives control both chambers of Congress.
With the Republican Party’s primary now front and center and getting daily headlines and front-page articles in the media, it is past time that Miami learns more about Ted Cruz — the other senator of Cuban descent running for president.
I had every reason to support Senator Rubio instead — he is a well-liked local Republican and my colleague on the faculty at Florida International University (he teaches politics, while I teach business). However, even in an environment where there is overwhelming indirect pressure to get behind one of the local candidates, Ted Cruz’s story and platform break through all the noise.
Cruz is an incredibly talented, principled and unwavering voice for constitutional and limited government. That’s why I’m endorsing him.
Roman said that Rubio’s 2010 campaign promise — five words — “I will never support amnesty” was broken in 2013 with his leadership in the “Gang of Eight” and the Rubio-Schumer amnesty bill.
An angry Alex Conant, communications director for Marco Rubio for President, appeared with Neil Cavuto to essentially call Manny Roman a liar, claiming that Rubio has never supported amnesty and still doesn’t, a statement that will probably come across as a real head-snapper to those who remember Rubio’s joining with the likes of leftists Senators Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin, and establishment RINO squishes like John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Jeff Flake.
As The Herald reports, a vote will be taken on January 7, to decide if Manny Roman should be removed for committing the unpardonable sin of endorsing Ted Cruz for president.
In the latest Florida Times-Union GOP presidential poll, taken on December 16, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush trail both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. Trump leads with 30 percent, followed by Cruz at 20 percent. Rubio and Bush are in third and fourth place at 15 percent and 13 percent respectively.