Re: [CubaNews] AFP: Republican star Rubio denies embellishing biography
- I'm willing to bet that Rubio's family came over for economic reasons, just like almost everyone else from everywhere else. That is the same reason the "political refugees" continue to come.
I suppose it is good news if the extremists in South Florida have to find fictional characters to carry on their fictional cause.
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From: "walterlx" <walterlx@...>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 03:01:16
Subject: [CubaNews] AFP: Republican star Rubio denies embellishing biography
So perhaps a more interesting question NOW would
be why did Rubio's parents LEAVE Cuba back when
it was supposedly "free", during the dictatorship
of Washington's man in Havana, Fulgencio Batista?)
Republican star Rubio denies embellishing biography
(AFP) � 4 hours ago
WASHINGTON � Republican Senator Marco Rubio angrily denied an "outrageous" newspaper account that he embellished his parents' life story by falsely claiming they fled Fidel Castro's Cuba.
"To suggest my family's story is embellished for political gain is outrageous," he said in a fiery response to a Washington Post report that his family left Cuba years before the 1959 revolution which swept Castro to power.
Citing naturalization documents and other official records, The Washington Post said Rubio's parents had in fact immigrated to the United States and been admitted for permanent residence more than two-and-a-half years before that.
The revelations could be damning for Rubio, a senator in the key battleground state of Florida who is hotly tipped as a likely future vice presidential or presidential candidate.
But he seemed to acknowledge problems with his longstanding claim that the elder Rubios came to the United States to flee Castro.
"The dates I have given regarding my family's history have always been based on my parents' recollections of events that occurred over 55 years ago and which were relayed to me by them more than two decades after they happened," he said in a statement.
"I was not made aware of the exact dates until very recently."
The rhetorically-gifted 40-year-old, who burst onto the national political scene in 2009 as a favorite of conservative Tea Party voters by advocating small government and limited taxes, has placed the alleged flight of his parents from Castro's communist Cuba at the center of his strategy.
He mentions it in the second paragraph of his official biography on his website, saying Mario and Oriales Rubio "came to America following Fidel Castro's takeover."
But petitions for naturalization and other documents signed by Rubio's parents show that they arrived in the United States on May 27, 1956, according to the newspaper. They came with Rubio's older, Cuban-born brother Mario and their maternal grandfather, Pedro Victor Garcia.
Rubio said his parents had contemplated a return to Cuba in 1961 but chose not to follow through because they "fully realized the true nature of the direction Castro was taking Cuba."
"They were exiled from the home country they tried to return to because they did not want to live under communism. That is an undisputed fact and to suggest otherwise is outrageous," he added.
"The essential facts of my family's story are completely accurate."
Rubio has previously said that his father came to the United States after the loss of his mother when he was young and other hardships suffered in Cuba.
The Social Security numbers for Rubio's father and grandfather, who are now dead, suggest that Mario Rubio received his number in Florida in 1956 and that Garcia received his in New York in 1956-57, according to the Post.
And though Rubio has often claimed his family lived an itinerant, working class life in New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, the newspaper said relatives spent most of their time in the Miami area, where 1958 records showed Mario Rubio working at the luxurious Roney Plaza Hotel.
Rubio's supporters had expected him to invigorate the Republican ticket in the 2012 election, but he said earlier this month that he would not seek the vice presidential nomination.
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