After a brief lull, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is again hitting the right-wing media circuit to sell the so-called Gang of Eight's immigration-reform plan, which has all but been released. His office this afternoon sent out a transcript of an interview with Michael Medved.
But Rubio's office didn't send out a copy of a letter that, according to the conservative Breitbart website, Rubio issued to the Tea Party Patriots who protested at a Florida office and accused him of supporting a bill that's going to be rammed through Congress.
The Martin County 9/12 Tea Party Committee also protested. And not all tea partiers are upset, as Rubio's office points out. Indeed, there's a faction of the extreme right (as with the left, but not to as great a degree, it seems) that's never satisfied.
“First, there is absolutely no truth to the idea that I will support any immigration legislation that is rushed through Congress in typical Washington fashion,” Rubio wrote. “Already, I have fought and continue to fight to secure commitments for greater transparency through committee hearings and mark-up sessions that will allow senators on the Judiciary Committee ample opportunities to review and amend any immigration legislation before it is considered by the full Senate for additional debate and scrutiny. As a result, not only has the Judiciary Committee agreed to delay its first hearing on this issue, it has agreed to add an additional one next week.”