Signs That Rubio's Tea Party Support Is Fragile
The hottest article on Talking Points Memo is this article today about "Rubio's Tea Party Problem." The piece quotes Everett Wilkinson, a tea party leader whom you may remember from another dust-up last month.
Wilkinson, a Broward County resident, on Rubio:
"There's been a little bit of frustration that he's become more centrist," Wilkinson said. "He used to reach out to us, but now his staff won't get back.It appears that Rubio has avoided filling out surveys that tea party activists circulate to candidates testing them on their commitment to the movement's principles, like cutting the federal deficit.
"I know he has to budget his time," Wilkinson said, "but he's also got to take care of his base -- the tea party put him where he is in the first place."