Dan Quiggle is No Marco Rubio
I knew the pundits would compare the recent Florida State Senate District 8 special election to the United State Senate race between former Speaker Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist. The comparison of course, is faulty.
First, comparing Rubio to Dan Quiggle is like comparing a prize winning racehorse to a Shetland pony. Rubio served 4 terms in the Florida House with two years as speaker. He is charismatic, articulate (and doesn’t need a teleprompter) and is a true conservative. Quiggle on the other hand is totally inexperienced and has a history of misrepresenting his background, and though he is a conservative, many voters have not forgotten how he dishonestly conducted his 2000 Congressional race against Ander Crenshaw.
Secondly, there is no comparison between former Speaker John Thrasher and Charlie Crist. Thrasher is a conservative who long served the people of Florida in the State House. Crist has not long served in any office that he has held and he of course is not a conservative.
The voters of conservative Senate District 8 understand that inexperience is not a good qualification for any job, much less that of a State Senator. Out of four conservative candidates, the voters chose a conservative with the most experience in leadership. Sounds like a smart group of voters to me.
The pundits like to discuss the value of the Tea Party folks to a conservative candidate. It is true a lot of the Tea Party folks are new to the political process, but they are learning fast. For instance, they learned that there will always be someone who will take unfair advantage of what they are trying to accomplish. But, Rubio is the kind of candidate who will earn and maintain their support because of the quality of his character and the sincerity of his message.
However, here is the most important thing the pundits are missing. I have friends who were active in the Senate District 8 race who worked for all four of the candidates. We all have one thing in common. We all support Marco Rubio! We have taken it upon ourselves to get Rubio’s name and message out to everyone we meet.
I am involved in the political process every day of the week and spend my time with the real grassroots. The folks who knock the doors and make the calls. The name we will be speaking in mass for the next 13 months will be Marco Rubio. We will shout it from the rooftops and it will be heard around the world!