Florida unions team up to blast Marco Rubio’s priorities in new ad airing in Tampa and Orlando


Two Florida unions are attacking Marco Rubio about his priorities in a new television ad that begins airing Friday in Tampa and Orlando.

AFSCME PEOPLE and AFT Solidarity have gone in on the $1.3 million ad buy, which will run through the end of the month.

“What are Marco Rubio’s priorities?” a narrator says as the ad begins. “Rubio said Social Security and Medicare have weakened us as a nation. He wanted to cut the Social Security benefits we’ve earned and turn Medicare into a voucher program…robbing seniors of the chance to retire with dignity. And for kids? Rubio voted to slash school funding by billions of dollars. And would eliminate the Department of Education.”

“Marco Rubio is more concerned with his chances to run for president in 2020 than to tackle the issues that Floridians care about as proven by his dismal record when he actually does show up for work, Shirin Bidel-Niyat, AFSCME’s Assistant Director of Political Action said. This ad reminds voters of something they want so badly to forget – Marco Rubio is only out for Marco Rubio, not for their families and their communities.”

“When he has cared enough to show up for work, Marco Rubio has been fighting hard to pass tax policies that would give massive tax cuts to the wealthiest 1 percent, increasing the deficit by at least $6.8 trillion,” added Joanne McCall, president of the Florida Education Association. “That would help him fulfill his obsession with ramming through devastating cuts to schools and other essential services, even eliminating the Department of Education. Those are the values Marco Rubio is running to represent.”

Patrick Murphy‘s liberal supporters are distorting Marco’s positions, just like Murphy distorted his own resume,” said Rubio spokesperson Michael Ahrens. “Marco’s own mother relies on Social Security as her sole source of income, and Marco would never do anything to hurt his mother or the millions of Florida seniors who depend on Social Security and Medicare. Marco also believes our children are best served by an education system that’s run by Floridians at the state and local level, not by the federal government bureaucrats who bankroll Patrick Murphy’s campaign and paid for this false attack ad.”

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Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected]

One comment

  • William J Jacobs

    September 23, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Good for them,but it shouldnt take to much teaming up to explain him ! just show the reruns of the primaries,i think that explains him best !

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