Sen. Marco Rubio is losing another state office, this time in Jacksonville, with protests given as the reason.
"For the second time in another major region of the state, the unruly behavior of some anti-Trump protesters is making it more inconvenient for Floridians to come to our local office to seek assistance with federal issues," Rubio spokeswoman Christina Mandreucci said.
Last week, we reported on Rubio getting the boot from his landlord in Tampa. Rubio has until April 30 in Jacksonville and staff is looking for new space this week.
"In Jacksonville, these protestors weren't just impacting our two person office, they were impacting the children being served next door at a pediatric behavioral clinic, which is why we understand the decision not to renew our lease," Mandreucci said in a statement. "Our Tampa and Jacksonville offices are not political or campaign offices. They are small, two person offices that help Floridians in the region with issues such as Medicare, Social Security and veterans benefits. Just as we are doing in Tampa, our staff in Jacksonville will continue to provide services to Northeast Florida despite not having an office, until a new office space is secured. Those who disagree with President Trump and Senator Rubio certainly have a right to exercise their First Amendment rights, and most of them have done so in a productive and respectful way. But unfortunately, some of them have chosen to do so in a manner that potentially hinders their fellow Floridians’ ability to receive help from our office."
Given the hour of this posting late Monday, we are unable to immediately seek comment from the landlord.
--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times
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