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Rubio fan launches 'Nominate Marco' campaign



James Lamb can’t stop believing in Marco Rubio.

The Fort Lauderdale man is formally launching on Wednesday — the one-year anniversary of Rubio’s presidential kick off — imploring Republicans to nominate the former candidate at a contested convention.

So far, 2,371 people have signed a petition Lamb has circulated. Rubio dropped out of the race on the night of the March 15 Florida primary, dominated by Donald Trump.

However far-fetched, talk has grown of a nominee other than Trump, Ted Cruz or John Kasich. Rubio is retaining 172 delegates and has declined to join other Republicans in backing Cruz.

Lamb said Trump “is not worthy of being president by virtue of his poor character.” Cruz “seems to be too right wing extremist” and a “troublemaker.

It’s not crazy to think Rubio could re-surface, Lamb said. He reached out to Rubio’s camp about the petition and didn’t hear back, which Lamb took as “a silent nod and a wink.” The website makes clear Rubio has not endorsed the effort.

Lamb, 47, is a transportation consultant and bundled donations for Rubio’s presidential campaign. His website is sponsored by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition, of which Lamb is chairman.

The wesite includes a lengthy FAQ, including, “Is Marco really thinking about joining the Miami Dolphins staff?” The given answer: “We think this was just an April Fool’s joke.” Another section knocks down talk Rubio will seek to become a vice presidential running mate or 2018 candidate for governor.

The petition on the site reads:

“Whereas, mathematically, it appears virtually impossible that any Republican candidate will receive the requisite 1,237 delegates needed to secure the 2016 Republican party presidential nomination; and Whereas, we the members of the Republican party believe the Honorable Marco Rubio remains the best and most qualified candidate to defeat the Democratic nominee; Now, be it hereby resolved that we the members of the Republican party hereby request that any and all unbound delegates elect Marco Rubio as our nominee; and be it further resolved the party remove any and all barriers and suspend or eliminate any and all rules that interfere with such ability of said unbound delegates to vote for Marco Rubio as the nominee.”

If Lamb doesn’t succeed, he’s already thinking ahead: On Facebook, he started a group called Elect Marco Rubio President 2020.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 1:40am]


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