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Protesters to greet Marco Rubio at Pasco Reagan Day Dinner tonight



U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio will headline tonight’s Republican Party of Pasco County Reagan Day Dinner in Port Richey.

The event, which has been sold out for weeks, is at 6 p.m. at Spartan Manor. Rubio is expected to speak after dinner.

But protesters will be out at 5:30 p.m. to greet the crowd. The Pasco Democratic Party and the Pasco chapter of the National Organization for Women announced that they will protest, citing Rubio’s recent votes against new background checks on gun purchases and the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

“Senator Rubio, Congressman Bilirakis, and our state and local Republican office holders are failing to protect Pasco residents from gun violence. They vote against what 90 percent of Americans, including Republicans, want: background checks to reduce gun violence. They have sold out their constituents for the support of the NRA and gun lobby,” Lynn W. Lindeman, chair of the Pasco Democratic Executive Committee, said in a press release.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:24am]


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