Email insights: Marco Rubio takes aim at the ‘radical pod’

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Blasting Crist's LG pick, Rubio again yokes his re-election campaign to DeSantis'.

Labor Day brings a fresh email from the Marco Rubio campaign. identifying two so-called “peas in a radical pod” that suggests a re-election fight resembling a tag team wrestling match.

Rubio’s campaign spotlighted a joint campaign appearance between his General Election opponent, U.S. Rep. Val Demings of Orlando, and the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, Karla HernándezThey both are booked for remarks with the West Central Florida Labor Council in Apollo Beach.

Rubio has spent much of the campaign maundering about “Marxist misfits” and lamenting “laptop liberals,” and his campaign framed the joint appearance as a double shot of radicalism.

“Val and Karla are two peas in a radical pod. They’re lockdown libs who appease socialists rather than advocate for Florida values, and they can’t be trusted to fight for freedom. It’s no surprise that Demings has chosen to align herself with another member of the far-left,” said Elizabeth Gregory, communications director for Marco Rubio for Senate.

The email refers to Hernández as “Karla Marx,” an attempt to brand the teachers’ union head turned political candidate as a radical. Beyond denoting a shared “love” of school lockdowns, the Rubio campaign email paints both candidates as soft on Cuban communism.

“When dictator Fidel Castro died, Karla Marx said that “many in Cuba mourn.” Meanwhile, Demings had nothing to say about the plight of the Cuban people until she announced her run for Senate, and since then has proven she can’t be trusted to advocate for the cause of freedom in Cuba, fundraising alongside pro-engagement groups,” the email contended.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Rubio have already co-branded their campaign efforts, appearing at a series of statewide rallies in the wake of the August Primary. While both have re-election contests this year, DeSantis seems to have the easier path, with a massive cash on hand advantage over Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist.

Rubio meanwhile has made a habit of complaining that he can’t keep up with Demings in terms of fundraising, suggesting that he needs DeSantis’ help more than the Governor needs his.


A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Tom

    September 5, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    It’s the correct decision, this pathetic Matz is atrocious. Chameleon made a horrendous decision. Good for Marco. What’s Dumings going to do? Defend her?

    Matz protected a child sex abuser. Just horrendous. She refused to want to ipfm schools.

    Rubio is the best legislator is Congress.
    Saved America with ppp!
    He’s correctly pointing out the extremism.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 5, 2022 at 1:03 pm

      Ashli Babbitt disagrees with your statement ( more random words typed into a keyboard then a coherent statement but..) summons Ashli Babbitt via Ouija board and ask how she feels about extremism.

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    • Jeff

      September 6, 2022 at 3:50 am

      Extremism? Repubs have pulled out of doing debates. You know why? Because they have nothing to say. Why are school teachers leaving In droves? What’s he done? Besides talk poorly about the other? Perhaps we need to start defining Fascism so people know what it is. Evidently they don’t. Because this is a democracy.

  • marylou

    September 5, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Radical is wanting to take away elderly people‘s Social Security and Medicare. It’s forcing rape and incest victims—including children—- to become mothers. And, radical is forcing women to get permission from a man if they need an abortion!

    Radical is Rubio. Vote him out.

  • PeterH

    September 5, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Since Reagan made abortion a religious and Republican Party issue instead of a family decision between a woman and her physician……. I don’t understand why Republicans who have fought for five decades to overturn Roe v Wade are not campaigning and championing their historic win with ads and candidate endorsements?

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……AMERICANS MUST VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE. REPUBLICANS ARE AMERICA’S PROBLEM.

    FLORIDIAN NEED TO READ MARCO’S PROUD SUPPORT AND PUSH FOR ‘The Scarlet Letter’ legislation passed Florida.

    READ THE PARTICULARS……and wait to see what elected Republicans have waiting for YOU if you re-elect them.

  • tom palmer

    September 5, 2022 at 2:32 pm

    It seems odd at first that Rubio attacks his opponents, real and imagined, instead of talking about his record of public service until you realize his record is pretty thin so .it makes sense to change the subject.

  • Alice

    September 6, 2022 at 8:52 am

    Why not change tactics (everyone) — when doing political ads, tell us about your views, accomplishments, feelings and skip with the negative ads on the opponent. We don’t learn any thing about the candidate from these negative ads — except for a distrust of ANYONE in politics.

  • Tjb

    September 8, 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Ironic that Marco can call folks Marxist and Radicals, and worst , but if you call his folks Fascists, you are a bad person dividing Americans.

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