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UPDATED Government shutdown? Marco Rubio gets 'slowdown' turbulence on flight

@PatriciaMazzei

Sen. Marco Rubio probably wished he was a face in the crowd rather than the face of Florida Republicans in Congress when he boarded his flight Monday morning from Miami to Washington D.C.

Passenger after passenger recognized Rubio and gave him an earful about the looming federal government shutdown being precipitated by Congress, a source on the flight tells us.

Except Rubio sought to downplay the issue and sympathize with constituents.

At one point, a flight attendant asked him if the partial government shutdown would, in fact, begin at midnight.

Rubio responded by calling the likely impasse "not really a shutdown, more of a slowdown -- but not a good way to do business."

UPDATE In an email, Rubio spokeswoman Brooke Sammon denied the passenger's version of the events, though she declined to elaborate. She also said Rubio was unavailable to tell his side or to discuss the shutdown vote. He has issued a statement blasting Democrats over the shutdown.

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Joanne DeBenedictis

Unfortunately, he legislates for his political ambitions and not for his constituents needs of which I am one.

Betsy Suero Skipp

Clean CR, end the sequester, keep Americans in business and please don't use women's health as part of the "shut down"

Ed Jenkins

What credible journalist would ever publish nonsensical hearsay like this. So we are to believe that some unnamed person overheard various other unnamed people say some things to the senator. Whoever wrote this article needs to go back to study the basics of journalism and relearn that you don't print stories based on one unnamed source, but based on multiple sources. Instead this sounds more like a propaganda piece and shows that the Herald is taking sides in a political matter.

Di mic Randolph

Too bad they didn't throw him off the plane in midflight and too bad he didn't land on Ed J!

David Rivera

Ed Jenkins is another name for Senator Rubio's press staffer, possible Brooke Sammon or their latest intern

Ed Jenkins

The responsible journalist would remove this story from their website after not being able to find a corroborating source for an article filled with false claims. However it appears the Herald and its reporters have an agenda and that action would not fit with the agenda so we have to read an article in which they try to justify their original false writing.

They think that we their readers are fools and will just buy what they are writing. Similarly the national democrats think that Bob Graham and Lawton Chiles voters like me will not notice that the democrats have abandoned us as voters. How could the party of these noble former governors be trying to recruit a fraud and worse former Republican like Charlie Crist rather than returning to their roots which will return the winning ways?

Lindsay Hirsch

Ed Jenkins is obviously a paid Rubio staffer... Why else would he be so desperate to divert from eye-witness statements... "Who you gonna believe?! Me or your lying eyes?!"....

don b

ed,

the reporter may have actually been on the flight. that is the way it reads anyway

Ed Jenkins

don b,
I will take everything back if the reporter was the one who was the "source" and admits to it and changes the article to reflect that. Otherwise this is hearsay and journalists have higher standards than this nonsense.

Lindsay Hirsch

ed, please show us exactly where the reporter originally implied she was NOT an eye-witness? Why should she have to change anything in the article just to please YOUR skewed sensibilities?

Lindsay Hirsch

"journalists have higher standards than this nonsense."

Why is it "nonsense", Ed Jenkins?

Lindsay Hirsch

"However it appears the Herald and its reporters have an agenda and that action would not fit with the agenda so we have to read an article in which they try to justify their original false writing."

Definitely boilerplate from a Rubio operative...

Joe Prospero

Why was Rubio on a commercial flight? Just a few days ago he was traveling first class on the back of an unguided Cruz missile.

Phil

Rubio links himself to this pandering foolishness because the political calculation is there will be no fallout from his constituents. We the people need to disabuse him of that calculation. Because like many greasy political operatives he would pimp his mother out if it advanced his political ambitions

lourdes

Not true he is a loving, devoted son, father and husband. He care for the usa more than most. If you have nothing nice to stay keep to say don't say anything at all.
marco we wish you luck.

lourdes

Not true he is a loving, devoted son, father and husband. He care for the usa more than most. If you have nothing nice to stay keep don't say anything at all.
marco we wish you luck.

lourdes rice

Not true he is a loving, devoted son, father and husband. He care for the usa more than most. If you have nothing nice to stay keep don't say anything at all.
marco we wish you luck.

E

Well if keeps up this nonsense he will spend much more time at home once he gets voted out.

Kathleen Skambis

I have tried to contact Sen. Rubio's office. His website permits me to send a message. However, then I receive an email telling me that his office is closed (copied and pasted below), but that I may still call and leave a message. I tried. That number said leave a message, but when the time came, oooooppppsss, the message center was full. The message also gave a fax number. I have not tried that yet, but I'm not holding my breath. I believe he is still drawing a salary, so he needs to find a way to take constituent messages:
What I received:Thank you for taking the time to contact me, please be advised due to the government shutdown, my office is currently closed. My office will respond to your concerns or resume work on your case as soon as the office reopens. In the interim, if you would like to leave a comment for me, you may still do so at 1-866-630-7106 (within Florida) or 202-224-3041.

Sincerely,
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio

JAG

If you get through to a staffer at his D.C. Office that person will proudly tell you, as she told me, that the Senator still calls it a slowdown. Rubio said it and he meant it.

fred certain

Topical politician , some 2yrs. In office leaves with life time pension.how about starting cuts in government offices.

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