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Top Rubio Staffer Reportedly Pushed for Early Florida Primary to Help Romney
The other McCain ^ | Thursday October 13, 2011 | John Stacy McCain

Posted on 10/13/2011 1:26:58 PM PDT by Bigtigermike

When Florida defied Republican National Committee rules to move the state’s 2012 presidential primary from an RNC-approved March date to Jan. 31, conservatives immediately suspected that state party insiders had orchestrated the move to help former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney thwart the momentum of Tea Party-backed candidate Herman Cain. Some Florida activists focused their suspicion on moderates in state party leadership – former Gov. Charlie Crist — as orchestrating the change in the date. The move was seen as helping the centrist Romney, whose superior fund-raising resources would enable him to score an early knockout in the Sunshine State before Cain could fully leverage the boost he got from an upset victory in a Sept. 24 Florida GOP straw poll.

Yet while the moderate Republican faction in Tallahassee was immediately blamed for the primary date-switch, only insiders knew that a key factor was a push from inside the staff of the Tea Party’s own 2010 hero, Sen. Marco Rubio. GOP sources in Washington and Florida say that Rubio’s senatorial chief of staff, Cesar Conda, has been a major force in persuading Florida Republicans to move their primary to January.

“Cesar used to be with Romney’s campaign,” one informed source explained to me in an interview today, adding: “Conda used his contacts to push the primary to the 31st because they want Romney in.”

Conda’s loyalty to Romney was highlighted in a Politico story by Scott Wong last week: “At least six past and current Rubio Senate aides, including chief of staff Cesar Conda and his deputy, Terry Sullivan, worked for Romney’s 2008 presidential bid, establishing a direct link and a line of communication between the front-runner for the 2012 GOP nomination and the front-runner in the Republican veepstakes. There’s also a trail of fundraisers, donors and consultants who have overlapping relationships with Rubio and Romney.”

(Excerpt) Read more at theothermccain.com ...


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: gopestablishment; hermancain; miltagain; romney; romneydirtytricks; rubio; smellslikemitt; typicalromney
Hmmm!
1 posted on 10/13/2011 1:27:01 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

Some have speculated that, by delivering Florida for Romney, Conda would not only help Romney lock up the 2012 presidential nomination, but also secure the 2012 vice-presidential pick for Rubio.


2 posted on 10/13/2011 1:28:03 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

I can’t see Rubio wanting much of anything to do with Romney. All he needs to do is call Palin for a refresher course on how well that works.


3 posted on 10/13/2011 1:29:52 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Bigtigermike

Why go to all the trouble to elect another liberal?

RINOmnehy is must Obama, albeit much more intelligent, but just as clueless about real life.

As I keep saying, I’ll not vote for him.

No, it wouldn’t allow idiotic liberalism to continue, it would merely allow it to continue a bit more slowly.

RINOmney has two more operational brain cells than Obama....which - if I calculate correctly, gives him roughly four.


4 posted on 10/13/2011 1:30:48 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Bigtigermike

When is Romney gonna get a clue? Cain will keep gathering momentum and Newt will overtake him soon....


5 posted on 10/13/2011 1:34:10 PM PDT by demkicker (My passion for freedom is stronger than that of Democrats whose obsession is to enslave me.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Milt, the ineligible taxer/RomneyCARE/BIGDIG enforcer:
"Yes. Florida would lose half of their electoral votes.
But so what. Whatever it takes to bring Kolob to Earth.
"




6 posted on 10/13/2011 1:34:49 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Bigtigermike

7 posted on 10/13/2011 1:36:53 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Bigtigermike

FIRE that bastards ass!


8 posted on 10/13/2011 1:44:25 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (For God and country - Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo!)
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To: Bigtigermike
To me this makes little sense, specifically the part about attempting to thwart the surge of Cain.

While this move may have been an attempt to assist in nominating Romney, I believe this change was well underway before Cain started “surging”.

9 posted on 10/13/2011 1:48:38 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Bigtigermike

I will not vote for romney. Screw the republican establishment. America is in her death spiral now so let 0 have the credit for her demise.


10 posted on 10/13/2011 1:53:50 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (2012—They vote twice— we'll vote three times.)
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To: Bigtigermike

If true, I am disappointed.


11 posted on 10/13/2011 1:57:24 PM PDT by bbernard
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To: Bigtigermike

Indeed.

The GOP stinks to High Heaven.

They aren’t for me, and I definietly ain’t for them.


12 posted on 10/13/2011 2:02:30 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

Now we know who to blame for knocking Sarah out of running. It was the FL push up that made it impossible for her to organize her ground game. I’m convinced that is why she dropped out. She could not have won with a whole month knocked off her organizing time.


13 posted on 10/13/2011 3:35:23 PM PDT by WVNan (!)
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To: Bigtigermike

Good news and bad news. The bad news is that GOP leaders are willing to help a big government liberal to get our nomination. The good news is that they see he needs help. Let’s pray that the help is too little, too late, and that RomneyCare will go into the history books as a blip and not stay on the books as the law of what used to be a free country.


14 posted on 10/13/2011 3:37:50 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Bigtigermike

If Marco hooks up with Romney he won’t get any more support from me.


15 posted on 10/13/2011 3:55:30 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: WVNan

She should have prepared to enter earlier.

However, I definitely agree that the GOP is trying to ace people out by changing primary dates.

Quite frankly, I am disgusted with the GOP.


16 posted on 10/13/2011 3:57:57 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

I think most of us are. I would like to see a movement to establish a TEA PARTY and put an end to the GOP. Couldn’t establish it during an election year, but if we were committed to forming a new party, we could work on it full time before the next election year.


17 posted on 10/13/2011 4:07:37 PM PDT by WVNan (!)
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To: WVNan

Agreed.

After this cycle, should America still in fact be standing, I am as done as I can be with the GOP.


18 posted on 10/13/2011 5:58:00 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: WVNan
I would like to see a movement to establish a TEA PARTY and put an end to the GOP.

There is a lot to be said for keeping the old, familiar name. If the Tea Party candidates can take a significant fraction of new GOP seats, and if the new conservative politicians can withstand pressure from the GOP insiders, we may be able to keep the GOP name and assets but move the party back toward what it was supposed to have been. It worked when the Communist Party USA took over the Democrat Party, and I'd like to see it happen on our side but in a positive direction.

19 posted on 10/13/2011 6:43:40 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pollster1

That would be the ideal, but after what has happened after 2010, it looks to be almost impossible. The tentacles of progressivism extend throughout every facet of D.C. We may have to come at them from the outside.


20 posted on 10/13/2011 8:31:32 PM PDT by WVNan (!)
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To: Bigtigermike; Joe Brower
This doesn't reflect well on Rubio.

Hot Air also reported on this. The comments are interesting.

Report: Marco Rubio’s top aide pushed to move Florida primary up to benefit Romney

21 posted on 10/13/2011 11:33:10 PM PDT by kara2008
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To: Bigtigermike
helping the centrist Romney

Centrist? From who's perspective? From the Republican perspective Mittens is on the amorphous left, and would switch sides to the Democrats if the breeze blew that way. He wants to win at any cost and will say or do anything. At least with Barky we know which devil he is: a Marxist. Mittens is an untrustworthy chameleon motivated by unbridled ambition.

22 posted on 10/14/2011 5:59:45 AM PDT by Reeses
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