Why Marco Rubio’s lies matter

A fellow Cuban-American’s perspective on Florida’s junior senator’s latest tall tale

(Editor’s note: The following commentary was written by Patrick Monteiga, editor of Tampa’s La Gaceta newspaper, the only tri-lingual newspaper in the United States. The column appeared in today’s edition. Moteiga and his family are of Cuban ancestory. The column is reprinted with permission).

A fellow Cuban-American’s perspective on Florida’s junior senator’s latest tall tale

(Editor’s note: The following commentary was written by Patrick Monteiga, editor of Tampa’s La Gaceta newspaper, the only tri-lingual newspaper in the United States. The column appeared in today’s edition. Monteiga and his family are of Cuban ancestory. The column is reprinted with permission).

Sen. Marco Rubio at CPAC. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

The revelations from Marc Rubio’s family history have brought us closer to the U.S. Senator than we’ve ever been before. You see, the real version of Rubio’s heritage closely resembles the Manteiga heritage.

My grandfather Victoriano, like Rubio’s dad and mom, came from Cuba to the U.S. for a job and a better life. My grandfather came in 1913 (at least that’s the story) and was hired by the workers at the Morgan Cigar Factory as the lector. Rubio’s father, Mario, came over in 1956 and found a bartending job.

Victoriano wanted to stay here permanently and become a U.S. citizen, but he was still interested in the family and friends left behind in Cuba. Mario seemed to follow the same creed.

Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista was hated by my grandfather who hoped Fidel Castro would bring better days to Cuba. Mario left in 1956 during the reign of Batista supposedly because of the violence and uncertainty. It seems he also hoped that Castro would change things for the better.

In 1961, after Castro resumed relations with the USSR and nationalized American oil companies and  sugar interests, Rubio’s mom, Oriales, went back to either look after a relative or to see if things were better in Cuba so her family could move back depending on the version of the story. Odd, considering that most observers could see Cuba slipping towards Soviet-style communism by then. Continue reading “Why Marco Rubio’s lies matter”

Stranded? Don’t expect lifeline from major GOP candidates

This little misadventure got me thinking about whom among the GOP presidential candidates I would call as a “lifeline” if I needed their help in a similar situation.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published October 27, 2011

Last weekend I took my family out in the boat for a sunset cruise. On our return, my spotlight went out, and we got off course heading into the channel as I slightly misread the compass bearing. It was dark, the tide was low, and we were hitting bottom. So I called my friends Tommy and Ronnie, who are avid boaters and retired firefighters and live in the same neighborhood as I do. I asked for some points of reference — however limited at night — which they provided.

A few minutes later we were still off course and in shallow water when Tommy called to check on us. I told him we were still under way, looking for channel markers, though still in very shallow water. He offered to come to our aid, which I declined, telling him I’d call him back in a half hour if we needed help.

When I called Tommy back, he was already in his boat, and Ronnie was with him. An hour later we were all back home safe and sound, thanks to their help.

My selfless friends showed me and the girls in my life what being neighborly is all about.

This little misadventure got me thinking about whom among the GOP presidential candidates I would call as a “lifeline” if I needed their help in a similar situation. Continue reading “Stranded? Don’t expect lifeline from major GOP candidates”

Still confused, Carol Carter planning to run for local GOP chair

A couple of years ago, Carol Carter was on minute fourteen of her fifteen minutes of fame, serving as Hillsborough County’s Republican Party State Committeewoman. Then the clock started ticking on the fifteenth minute when Ms. Carter sent the following e-mail:

In desperate move for relevance, disgraced former party leader says she will run

By Chris Ingram

A couple of years ago, Carol Carter was on minute fourteen of her fifteen minutes of fame, serving as Hillsborough County’s Republican Party State Committeewoman. Then the clock started ticking on the fifteenth minute when Ms. Carter sent the following e-mail:

From: Carol Carter

Friday, January 30, 9:30 AM

Subject: FW: Amazing!

I’m confused.

How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in 1 day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn’t get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?

Carol Carter

Local media got a hold of the e-mail and before Carol could repaint her lawn jockey the heat was on for her to resign, which she begrudgingly did. (See local press story here).

"I've got to go paint my lawn jockey!"

Fast forward to 2011, Continue reading “Still confused, Carol Carter planning to run for local GOP chair”

Bob Dole to run for Hillsborough REC Chairman

The expectation is that Vice-Chairman Art Wood will run to replace Cox-Roush.

Let’s hope someone else steps forward.

Art “Bob Dole” Wood expected to run for chairman. REC members should demand better.

By Chris Ingram

Earlier today Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush announced she is resigning to take a staff position with the Herman Cain for President campaign.

Cox-Roush’s departure means the Hillsborough Republican Executive Committee will have to hold a special election to replace her.

Art Wood: Hillsborough's own Bob Dole

The expectation is that Vice-Chairman Art Wood will run to replace Cox-Roush.

Let’s hope someone else steps forward.

In just Continue reading “Bob Dole to run for Hillsborough REC Chairman”

Rubio’s pattern of pathological behavior is pervasive

A Cuban-American U.S. Senator who doesn’t know what year Castro came to power: Priceless

Lies, bad judgment, blaming others for his mistakes

By Chris Ingram

Double-billing taxpayers for a few flights to Tallahassee: a couple hundred bucks

New wood floors in the family’s Miami home paid for with an RPOF American Express card: $4,000

Caption: Who can I blame for this mess?

Landing a part-time job as a college professor when other professors are being laid-off: $69,000

A Cuban-American U.S. Senator who Continue reading “Rubio’s pattern of pathological behavior is pervasive”

Lunch with state Sen. Mike Bennett

This month’s Irreverent View lunch will be next Monday, October 24th at 11:45 a.m. at the Tampa Club.

This month’s Irreverent View lunch will be next Monday, October 24th at 11:45 a.m. at the Tampa Club. 

This month’s guest: Our special guest this month is State Senator Mike Bennett http://www.flsenate.gov/senators/s21 who represents portions of Sarasota and Manatee counties. Mike is Senate President Pro Tem and he serves on the Banking and Insurance and Criminal Justice committees – among others. He is a successful small businessman and Navy veteran who served 4 tours in Vietnam.   Mike flirted with running for Congress next year but decided the rigors of a campaign and days in Washington were more than he wanted. Mike is a no-nonsense legislator who calls it exactly like he sees it. And when I say exactly like he sees it, I mean he gives the unvarnished truth as he sees it – political correctness be damned.  Mike will speak for 10-15 minutes about current issues facing the legislature including improving the economy and legislative redistricting. He will also take a few questions about issues. This is a speaker not to be missed!

Please RSVP by noon Saturday (October 22nd) .  As always, feel free to bring a friend. There is plenty of parking (bring your stub to the lunch to get it validated for a discount). We will have a private meeting area for our lunch, just ask for the Irreverent View lunch when you arrive. The address is: Continue reading “Lunch with state Sen. Mike Bennett”