Marco RINO: Rubio sells FL to Romney for VPship?


Typical Two-Faced Twinkie?

From The Other McCain:

When Florida defied Republican National Committee rules to move the state’s 2012 presidential primary from an RNC-approved March date to Jan. 31, conservatives immediately suspected that state party insiders had orchestrated the move to help former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney thwart the momentum of Tea Party-backed candidate Herman Cain. Some Florida activists focused their suspicion on moderates in state party leadership – allies of Senate candidate George LeMieux and of former Gov. Charlie Crist — as orchestrating the change in the primary date. The move was seen as helping the centrist Romney, whose superior fund-raising resources would enable him to score an early knockout in the Sunshine State before Cain could fully leverage the boost he got from an upset victory in a Sept. 24 Florida GOP straw poll.

I disagree a bit about this being just about blocking Cain. This was also to freeze out Palin. She was looking to be the last one in, but an abbreviated campaign period impacts her.

Also, by moving the Florida primary up, by RNC rules it loses half of its delegates. I am not sure if it is still winner-take-all. In either case, the net effect is that Florida GOP voters will have less impact on the selection of the GOP nominee. But by doing this the Florida GOP insiders have a major role in selecting the next GOP nominee. This is what I call selling out.


Yet while the moderate Republican faction in Tallahassee was immediately blamed for the primary date-switch, only insiders knew that a key factor was a push from inside the staff of the Tea Party’s own 2010 hero, Sen. Marco Rubio. GOP sources in Washington and Florida say that Rubio’s senatorial chief of staff, Cesar Conda, has been a major force in persuading Florida Republicans to move their primary to January.

“Cesar used to be with Romney’s campaign,” one informed source explained to me in an interview today, adding: “Conda used his contacts to push the primary to the 31st because they want Romney in.”

Conda’s loyalty to Romney was highlighted in a Politico story by Scott Wong last week: “At least six past and current Rubio Senate aides, including chief of staff Cesar Conda and his deputy, Terry Sullivan, worked for Romney’s 2008 presidential bid, establishing a direct link and a line of communication between the front-runner for the 2012 GOP nomination and the front-runner in the Republican veepstakes. There’s also a trail of fundraisers, donors and consultants who have overlapping relationships with Rubio and Romney.”

In a March 2010 column for National Review, Conda defended the so-called “RomneyCare” Massachusetts health insurance program. A former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, Conda was originally an ally of Crist, as the St. Petersburg Times noted when Conda was picked as Rubio’s chief of chief in January 2011:

Like many Republicans, Conda once thought Charlie Crist would be the next senator but later distanced himself from the former Florida governor, saying he lacked conservative credentials.
Conda has worked as a lobbyist and analyst for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and founded the Washington office of Navigators, a lobbying/consulting firm where another top Rubio adviser, Todd Harris, also worked.
The firm’s clients included GlaxoSmithKline, At&T, Visa andCitigroup, which got $45 billion under the bank bailout.


Conda sounds like a typical opportunistic political staffer to me, someone who knows which side his bread is buttered. Watch your back, Marco.

Some have speculated that, by delivering Florida for Romney, Conda would not only help Romney lock up the 2012 presidential nomination, but also secure the 2012 vice-presidential pick for Rubio.

Reports that Rubio — or at least Rubio’s top aides – are working behind the scenes for Romney, who is seen as representing the RINO (“Republican In Name Only”) moderate wing of the party, will be a bitter disappointment for conservatives who supported Rubio’s insurgent campaign last year.

I hope the Tea Party is taking note and making lists. Rubio is their darling for defeating Crist, but it turns out that he was never really into them.

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35 Responses to Marco RINO: Rubio sells FL to Romney for VPship?

  1. WMCB says:

    Both party machines need to stay the fuck out of the primaries. Organize them yes. Have any input into them and who the candidates are, no.

    The Party Machines are helping to kill representative govt.

  2. I am sadly not surprised. Rubio was bloodless in his reaction to the tea party and palin in particular, and I have never felt i trusted him. others felt that way too, no particular reason other than our GUTSW. Now we know why…isn’t it federal crime to interfer with the outcome of a federal electionb? Can’t this situation be considered illegal? It may be business as usual, but it isn’t ethical, or honest…I don’t think we should ignore this….

  3. WMCB says:

    Huh. So now Rubio came out and flatly and vehemently denied he had anything to do with the primary move.

    Now the tinfoil hat theories are flying about whether Rubio is lying, or whether the “anonymous sources” are the GOP yanking his chain to show him they can destroy him if they want, so play ball.

  4. yttik says:

    In my state we’ve just completely canceled our primary, so the only way to help select a Republican candidate would be to caucus for them. This now eliminates input from the troops, the elderly,. the disabled, people living over seas, people who travel, people who can’t leave work. Rather then having a few hundred thousand people cast a vote, it’s like narrowing it down to a few hundred.

    Our primary systems all over the country are really corrupt, but you can’t even really call them that because they’re all legal, they follow the rules, it’s just that the rules were written by the elites that run both parties. Neither one of them are interested in the will of the people, they’re motivated by a desire to elect who they want.

    One huge reform that really needs to happen is to put primaries back in the hands of the people.

  5. DandyTiger says:

    The fix is in.

    • Dario says:

      The interesting thing is that after the last debate, the media was unanimous in declaring that Romney was the new leader, but every poll after the last debate points to Cain being the leader.

      • votermom says:

        Haven’t they been calling Romney the winner after every debate no matter what?
        Kind of like BOzo was always the winner no matter how he performed.
        What’s really surprising to me is that Huntsman is still in the debates. Why?

  6. Dario says:

    The Republican establishment have decided it’s Romney’s turn.

  7. gmanedit says:

    (comment deleted)

  8. WMCB says:

    OT LOL!

  9. votermom says:

    RS McCain has further musing about the FL fix.

    The GOP Establishment’s alignment behind Romney has produced a Newtonian counter-reaction, and the voices of Establishment spokesmen deriding Cain’s chances of winning are likely to solidify Tea Party support behind the Atlanta businessman. Last night, Karl Rove (a pundit especially loathed by Palin’s fans) told Sean Hannity that he doubts Cain can sustain his current momentum, saying Cain was “coming up short” and predicting his campaign is “not gonna have a nice ending.”

    From what I read get the feeling that most Palin supporters are still agnostic about Cain. But I agree about the counter-reaction.

    • Dario says:

      Cain is coming up short? Rove is an asshat.

      Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire

      Cain Way Ahead of GOP Field
      A new Economist/YouGov poll finds Herman Cain leading the Republican presidential field with 33%, followed by Mitt Romney at 18%, Rick Perry at 10%, Newt Gingrich at 9%, Ron Paul at 7%, Jon Huntsman at 4% and Michele Bachmann at 3%.

  10. WMCB says:

    Hahaha! Idiots. Seen in response to a GOPer tweet re: the evils of crony capitalism:

  11. Dario says:

    If those in the Republican establishment push Romney, I think the TP people will stay home in 2012. What’s the point of voting when the election is rigged.

    • WMCB says:

      No, they won’t. The vast majority that I see talking on the blogs say they will do everything they can to avoid nominating Willard, but will hold their nose and vote for him if they have to, to get Obama out.

      You may get a few who sit out, but most are not going to repeat the McCain thing where a lot sat it out.

  12. Karma says:

    Someone had posted an old article about Axelrod and I was going to go through the names in light of OWS. Truly didn’t expect anything to pop up because Axelrod and Assocs are at the top of the astroturf food chain and OWS names are at the bottom. But one of his associates names did lead to bunch of Dem and Reps “Insiders” who are often polled.

    Lots of names are shown at the bottom of the article. In light of all the information that will popping up around candidate and TPTB’s manipulations. Thought these names and their connections might be handy for future reference.

    But while poking around more. It seems like these Dem and Rep “Insiders” are being polled on a type of Journolist forum.

    A few Republicans offered tongue-in-cheek advice to their Democratic counterparts, with an eye firmly on what they see as benefits to the GOP.

    “My dear Democratic friends,” said one Republican operative, “please, please, please hug these confused, repulsive crazies as close to you as you can. Feature them at your convention. Make them the warm-up speakers for every campaign event at every level. You won’t regret it. Promise.”

    The National Journal Political Insiders Poll is a regular survey of political operatives, strategists, campaign consultants and lobbyists in both parties. Below are the names of the Political Insiders who are surveyed:

    Not making any accusations, but more along the lines of hmmmm….good to know.

    • votermom says:


      Strategists on both sides warned of the dangers of embracing a movement that isn’t likely to follow the party’s lead. “Rule No. 1,” said a Democratic Insider. “You never want to be responsible for something you cannot control.”

      Ya think? And yet I see bloggers (who should know better) enthusiastically supporting them and offering them unsolicited advice.

      A Republican Insider agreed, drawing a parallel to the GOP’s relationship with conservative activists. “Maybe sympathize with the message, but don’t tie your own fate to a bunch of radicals. You lose control. The Republican connection to the tea party is starting to look more like a liability as well.”A Republican Insider agreed, drawing a parallel to the GOP’s relationship with conservative activists. “Maybe sympathize with the message, but don’t tie your own fate to a bunch of radicals. You lose control. The Republican connection to the tea party is starting to look more like a liability as well.”

      The GOP has been surprisingly vocal recently about disassociating themselves from the Tea Party. I guess they feel they have defanged them.

      • Karma says:

        This one gave me a snicker too. Some Clinton props and back-hand at Obama, with some hippie punching for good measure. All in one sentence.

        “It is bad enough we are back to being the tax-and-spend party,” said a Democratic Insider, “but cozying up to a bunch of hippies is worse.”

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