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GOP legislators to announce shifting endorsement from Bush to Rubio



The Jeb-to-Marco shift will continue on Tuesday as Miami-Dade's Republican legislative delegation, and several Republicans legislators from across the state who endorsed Jeb Bush, will announce their new allegiance to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

"The prudent thing to do is to support our senator, our hometown guy but, it comes with a heavy heart,'' said Rep. Jose Oliva, R-Miami, who was among those from the Miami-Dade Republican delegation who campaigned for Bush in New Hampshire.

He said the Miami-Dade GOP legislators made the decision they will make the announcement together. Their announcement will follow the announcement today by Miami's congressional delegation -- Reps. Carlos Curbelo, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, -- who also had endorsed Bush but announced Monday they will now Rubio.

"I'm terribly disappointed,'' Oliva told the Herald/Times. "I felt Gov. Bush was head and shoulders the most qualified for that job. It's still amazing to me that we have someone like Gov. Bush out of the conversation."

Oliva said he had been approached by supporters of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and by "a plethora of Marco people" but he has not heard from frontrunner Donald Trump.

"Marco was a lot of people's second choice because Jeb Bush was in the race but those who were behind Bush will probably shift to Marco Rubio,'' he said. 

Oliva said he can't support Trump because "while he says a lot of things, I don't see any policy." 

[Last modified: Monday, February 22, 2016 6:02pm]


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