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Marco Rubio's brush with disaster



Buried in a political column that ran in the Florida Times-Union is this tale about House Speaker Marco Rubio:

"A funny thing happened on the way to the St. Johns County Republican Club Lincoln-Reagan dinner at the TPC clubhouse on President's Day. Guest of honor Marco Rubio, speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, was flying to the affair from Miami, when his plane caught fire and made an emergency landing in Palm Beach County. He rented a car and arrived at Ponte Vedra in time to speak. Now that's dedication! Marco, the first Hispanic - he's of Cuban descent - and second-youngest person in state history to preside over the Legislature, is an engaging speaker.

"I'm really glad to be here; I mean really glad," Marco said, referring to his harrowing flight. About 175 Republicans in the audience enjoyed Marco's talk, which combined humor with more serious observations, such as "Florida is one hurricane away from the largest tax increase in the state's history; a full-scale affordability crisis has led to a state of anxiety in the state." (No kidding! Even the birds are nervous.)'"

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:13pm]


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