A Tampa Bay, Florida, office building that serves as one of Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s local offices has kicked him out.
Citing the fact that too many constituents wishing to speak with the senator have been disruptive to other tenants, the management of the building has determined they can no longer allow Rubio’s staff to use the offices they have leased from them.
“A professional office building is not a place for that,” said Jude Williams, who serves as president of America’s Capital Partners, the company that manages the building.
Rubio began leasing his office space on a month-to-month basis in December, after determining he wouldn’t renew a yearlong lease with America’s Capital Partners. Demonstrators have gathered weekly at Rubio’s offices in Tampa Bay. They are upset with the fact that Sen. Rubio won’t hold any town halls of his own to hear their complaints.
Those who have appeared at Rubio’s office have said their intention was never to get him kicked out of the office. Rather, they wanted to make sure the Republican senator “hears our voices and acknowledges the concerns of his constituents,” says Michael Broache, an organizer who co-founded the group Indivisible Tampa, which has been spearheading the movement to gather at Rubio’s offices. “Unfortunately, we’ve requested town halls and he’s indicated he’s unwilling to do that at this point, so that’s why we’ve been present.”
Rubio has stated that he won’t meet with constituents in town hall settings because he’s afraid that they will “heckle and scream at [him] in front of cameras,” according to reporting by Politico.
Sen. Rubio’s remaining offices in Florida — in Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Pensacola, Palm Beach, and Tallahassee, according to his official Senate website — remain open.
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.