Republicans are continuing their attempts at a post-election reinvention, talking a lot about the middle class and tapping Florida’s Senator Marco Rubio to tout their agenda tonight. Rubio may know a lot about public reinventions, but his record of voting with the far-right fringe of the Republican Party underscores he knows nothing about the middle or class.
During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio frequently repeated a compelling version of his family’s history that had special resonance in South Florida. He was the “son of exiles,” he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after “a thug,” Fidel Castro, took power.
But a review of documents — including naturalization papers and other official records — reveals that the Florida Republican’s account embellishes the facts. The documents show that Rubio’s parents came to the United States and were admitted for permanent residence more than two-and-a-half years before Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New Year’s Day 1959.