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Does Marco Rubio have a Cuban-American problem?

That's the question posed by National Journal, which notes the leading pro-Cuban embargo lobby group, the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC, had donated $225,000 to 111 House and Senate candidates "across the political spectrum" as of Feb. 21 -- and "Rubio is not one of them.

"Instead," the story notes, the PAC has "thrown in its lot" with Democrat Rep. Kendrick Meek, contributing $7,500 -- "more than any other Senate candidate and as much as it gave Reps. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Albio Sires, D-N.J., the top House recipients.

"Mauricio Claver-Carone, the director for US-Cuba Democracy PAC's Washington operations, stressed that the committee has nothing against Rubio. At a December panel discussion hosted by the committee, Rubio, (Gov. Charlie) Crist and Meek all toed the same anti-Castro line, he noted. So then why Meek?"

Read more here.


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Maril Cancio

Obviously the National Journal was not in attendance at the PAC's annual luncheon in December at the Biltmore Hotel where all 4 candidates for Senate (Crist, Rubio, Meek and Ferre) were present and were all given a chance to speak. Rubio received a standing ovation and will easily win the Cuban-American vote but Rep. Meek is a proven friend of the Cuban cause. As a supporter of the US-Cuba Democracy PAC since it was formed and as a congressional candidate with no party affiliation for an open seat, I support the US-Cuba Democracy PACs's policy of not contributing to non-incumbents.

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