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UPDATED: Someone is putting up missing person fliers for Marco Rubio



(UPDATE No. 2: On Thursday morning, Alicia Keating, of Tampa, came forward to say she made the fliers for Action Together Tampa Bay, a group that on its website describes itself as "a progressive grassroots political and social advocacy organization," and has been posting the fliers across Tampa Bay.)

(UPDATE: About an hour after this post was published, Rubio's office responded. Rubio spokesperson: "Anyone who claims they can't get in touch with Senator Rubio's office is being dishonest. Our Tampa office only has two employees and serves multiple counties, yet they have met with dozens of these liberal activists. This is nothing more than a strategy outlined in an online activist manual to carry out ‘mass office calling.' In the manual, activists are instructed that ‘you and your group should all agree to call in on one specific issue that day.' They are further instructed that ‘the next day or week, pick another issue, and call again on that.' Their goal is to flood offices with calls and emails and then go to the press and claim they aren't getting a response.") 

Washington's bizarre political season is sprouting fruit in St. Petersburg.

Telephone poles throughout St. Pete's Old Northeast neighborhood on Wednesday were festooned with sarcastic fliers calling out Sen. Marco Rubio for his confirmation votes on Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education and Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.

Reminiscent of an AMBER Alert, the fliers are mockingly titled "Missing - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL-R)."

"He has not been seen at his office for weeks and has not responded to hundreds of emails, phone calls and voicemails," the fliers charge.

Tear strips run across the bottom of the fliers that have Rubio's Florida and Washington D.C. office numbers. "Demand he do his job," the flier instructs.

Rubio received pressure to vote against Devos in a national campaign. He was similarly pressured to vote against Tillerson, whom he roughed up during Senate questioning. But despite his concerns, Rubio voted for Tillerson, and DeVos. 

Whoever produced the fliers is anyone's guess. One thing the fliers don't have is the name or the group who produced them.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2017 9:36am]


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