Star freshman Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., whose name is frequently mentioned as a potential vice presidential candidate, has launched an intensive effort to protect his image from attacks launched by Democrats.
Opponents have challenged his version of the oppression his family faced in Cuba, and the mainstream media was quick to jump on the fact that he attended a Mormon Church as a child.
But Rubio is prepared to fight the smear campaign, Politico
reports. He has even hired investigators to delve into his past, because he knows Democrats already are doing the same thing. His political action committee shelled out more than $40,000 for a firm to perform opposition research on Rubio, and it’s set to allocate thousands more to research family stories, financial documents, and real estate records. It’s looking for any issue that can be used against the popular legislator.
Rubio’s strategy is more akin to that of a presidential candidate than a rookie senator, but that’s the world in which Rubio is living now. “We spent a day and a half explaining what church he went to when he was eight,” a top Rubio adviser told Politico. “We are getting a proctological exam on a daily basis.”
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