With Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s about-face on his run to keep his Senate seat, most of those seeking the seat he once said he was vacating have quit the race. But one challenger says he won’t quit and in many ways seems like a miniature version of Donald Trump.
According to The Hill, Millionaire Carlos Beruff is still in the race for Marco’s seat refusing to drop out as all the others seeking the seat have already done.
“The voters of Florida can reelect Washington’s candidate, who has consistently failed to do the job they hired him to do and won’t commit to serving a full six-year term. Or they can make a change,” Beruff said in a statement released last week.
“Do you want a Senator who puts politics and their own ambition first?” Beruff added. “Or do you want a Senator who puts Florida first?”
The millionaire real estate developer from Florida’s west coast has been running a rambunctious, Trump-like campaign characterizing Rubio as a failed insider who has abandoned the people of Florida.
In one ad, for instance, Beruff charged that, “Obama is a disaster and Washington politicians are worthless.”
He has made up his own version of Trump’s well-worn “make America great again” slogan saying, “How about we take our country back and put America first?”
The 58-year-old political novice isn’t running a loner campaign, though. Even as he calls himself the true outsider in the race he counts on his campaign staff a number of former aides and advisors to current Florida Governor Rick Scott, a man to whom Beruff has close ties.
Beruff is not entirely without influence in the Florida GOP, as for some time the ultra rich candidate has been reaching out to a long list of Florida Republicans having given a million dollars total with at least 730 donations to Florida Republican campaign coffers since 2002.
And with his deep pockets Beruff has already spent $4 million of his own money on his campaign for Rubio’s seat. Still, that is a far cry from the $21.5 million Rubio spent on his own campaign in 2010.
Beruff also faces long odds as polling shows Rubio is the odds on favorite to win back his seat–this being the main reason all the other candidates quickly dropped out of the race.
So, far, Rubio has not directly engaged Beruff, but it is looking certain that he will have to soon.
Who ever comes out on top will face either Congressman Patrick Murphy or Congressman Alan Grayson, both vying for the Democrat nomination for Senate.
Murphy recently endured a brutal hit job, though, as CBS Miami published a long report demolishing his candidacy, insisting he is a man with no accomplishments in his adult life, and essentially saying he doesn’t deserve to be elected to the Senate. The CBS report also charged that Murphy has been lying for years about his employment history as a certified public accountant, as well.
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