In just one week’s time, Sen Marco Rubio has been forced out of two office spaces due to protesters.
The landlord at the Florida senator’s Jacksonville office alerted him that the month-to-month lease would be discontinued because of protests outside the office, The Florida Times Union reported.
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“For the second time in another major region of the state, the unruly behavior of some anti-Trump protesters is making it more inconvenient for Floridians to come to our local office to seek assistance with federal issues,” Rubio’s spokesperson Christina Mandreucci said in a statement.
Crowds of demonstrators at Rubio’s Tampa office got him booted from that building last week.
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“In Jacksonville, these protesters weren’t just impacting our two person office, they were impacting the children being served next door at a pediatric behavioral clinic, which is why we understand the decision not to renew our lease,” Mandreucci said.
The Republican senator has until April 30 to leave the Dupont Center, owned by Baptist Health Properties Inc., which houses the Wolfson Children’s Center for Behavioral Health.
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An organizer for Indivisible Clay County, a group which has been at Rubio’s office weekly, denied claims that the protests were disruptive.
“We pride ourselves on being respectful,” Jeff Allstadt said, adding that Rubio’s staff were respectful as well. “When he moves to another office, we’re going to talk to him there. We’re just constituents and we’re trying to make points, discuss issues with him, and we’re going to do it wherever he sets up shop.”
The search is on for new office space in Jacksonville as well as Tampa, where the owner of Bridgeport Center notified the senator’s office on Feb. 1 that it would not be renewing its lease, according to The Tampa Bay Times. The presence of demonstrators posed a security risk, according to the landlord.
Rubio has seven offices across the Sunshine State and Mandreucci noted that the two that have to relocate are small, with only two staff members.
“Our Tampa and Jacksonville offices are not political or campaign offices. They are small, two person offices that help Floridians in the region with issues such as Medicare, Social Security and veterans benefits,” she said.
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“Those who disagree with President Trump and Senator Rubio certainly have a right to exercise their First Amendment rights, and most of them have done so in a productive and respectful way,” Mandreucci’s statement concluded. “But unfortunately, some of them have chosen to do so in a manner that potentially hinders their fellow Floridians’ ability to receive help from our office.”
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