Senator Marco Rubio's getting sucked into crazy Miami-Dade County politics, it appears, now that County Commissioner Barbara Jordan apparently made a scene during an otherwise run-of-the-mill constituent-outreach effort.
Welcome to Miami:
Friday, July 27, 2012
Commissioner Barbara Jordan
Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 N.W. 1st Street, Suite 220
Miami, Florida 33128
Dear Commissioner Jordan,
I was deeply troubled after learning about your actions this morning when you disrupted my office’s constituent services “Mobile Office Hours” in Miami Gardens.
You wrongly accused our office of being there for campaign purposes. Furthermore, you told them that “this district” was not represented by me but rather by Senator Bill Nelson. Finally, you told constituents who came for assistance that they should leave and not seek our help.
First, your claim that our “Mobile Office Hours” event was for campaign purposes is absurd. This event was conducted by federal employees of my district office who are legally prohibited from conducting campaign work. Furthermore, all of the forms and paperwork they had at the event were for constituent service. Finally, I am not on the ballot this year, so I am not sure what campaign you were referring to.
Your second claim that the center was not in my “district” is simply ridiculous. I hope you are aware that as one of the state’s two U.S. Senators, I don’t have a district. I represent the entire state, including the people at the center today. It is not in Senator Nelson’s district as you claimed. If you still harbor any doubts, I urge you to call his office. I am sure they will be more than happy to explain these facts to you as well.
Regardless of their party affiliation, race, religion, background or any other defining characteristic, my office is here to serve any and every Floridian who needs assistance. Our office regularly hosts “Mobile Office Hours” throughout the state, enabling constituents who can’t visit our regional offices – usually for health or logistical reasons – to meet with our caseworkers in their neighborhoods and to receive assistance. Your behavior today was an obstacle to helping some people receive assistance with Medicare, veteran’s benefits and IRS tax problems, among other programs.
We will continue holding “Mobile Office Hours” all across the state, anywhere and everywhere our services are needed. That includes within the county commission district which you currently represent.
I expect we will never again face interference from you or anyone else but, if necessary, we will coordinate with local law enforcement to ensure that our ability to serve the people we represent is not hindered in any way.