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Hello once again, folks. Rumors of a move to Mexico and an abduction at the hands of the Democratic National Committee are false. Life took over and I just haven’t had the time, energy or will to blog the past several weeks. However, I would be totally remiss if I didn’t pop in for a few comments on the midterm elections.
Of course, I’m quite pleased that the GOP will take over the House and made big strides over on the Senate side. However, as Senator-Elect Marco Rubio pointed out in his victory speech, it’s merely a “second chance” for the GOP. I couldn’t agree more (more on Rubio below).
The GOP’s success tonight is reflected in Florida and South Florida, with David Rivera easily defeating Joe Garcia in my home district (25), Allen West beating Ron Klein in District 22 (!), Alan Grayson sent home packing and Rick Scott squeaking past Alex Sink, among others.
As someone who identifies himself as a conservative, first and foremost, above party affiliation, it’s important that we not lose sight of those conservative values and that we hold these newly-elected folks to their word and to the principles of conservatism.
On this note, I would like to congratulate Marco Rubio for a well-earned win as our next junior senator from Florida. His victory speech, like so many of his speeches, was inspiring but at the same time fully aware of the road ahead of him in Washington. He could have (and surely most Democrats would have expected him to) turned the speech into a big partisan “rah-rah Republican” speech. Instead, Rubio sees the big picture and spoke of how both parties have gotten us in the mess we’re in today. He made many touching remarks about his humble upbringing as the child of exiles and asserting the unique greatness of the United States.
The most touching moment of Rubio’s speech for me, however, was when he asked for prayers for himself and his family that he not lose his way in Washington. To me, there is no more humble act than to ask others to pray for you and yours. Rubio understands what so many politicians don’t: as smart of a person and as talented of a politician as he is, he’s only human. It’s only through God’s grace that he has been given the tools to do what he’s been able to accomplish, and it’s going to take more of that wonderful grace to get him through the next few years in Washington. Marco Rubio is someone with whom I share more than just a hometown, high school, ethnic background and ideology. Marco Rubio is a man of true faith, and I can truly say that I am proud on this evening to have witnessed Marco Rubio’s election to the United States Senate.
Congratulations, Senator-Elect Rubio. God Bless you, and may this be only the beginning.
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