FORT LAUDERDALE — The Florida Legislature is actively seeking a replacement for the statue of Edmund Kirby Smith that currently resides in the U.S. Capitol. And Sen. Marco Rubio has a novel idea about who that replacement should be.
On Wednesday, the former Republican presidential candidate tweeted a photo of the University of Florida quarterback stiff-arming a Florida State player with the caption: "Here's suggestion for #Florida which looking 4 help replacing state statue in U.S. Capitol."
It's possible that Rubio, who received his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Florida, was just joking. But Tebow is a beloved figure among many Florida Republicans — back in April, Republican strategists urged the football player to run for Congress.
The Legislature decided to remove the statue of Smith, a Confederate Army general, after proponents argued he wasn't representative of the state. Although Smith was born in St. Augustine, most of his life was spent outside of Florida, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Whether Rubio was joking or not, the Legislature is considering only Floridians who have been dead for 10 years or more as replacement options. It is accepting recommendations through an online survey.
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