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Let me be clear! I love the Miami Cuban community. They, more so than most of us, understand the evils of socialism, having fled Fidel Castro’s hellhole for a brighter future in the United States. They are hardworking, don’t generally want government handouts and have built Miami, which this Anglo still considers his home, into that “shining city on a hill” President Ronald Reagan used to wax sentimental about.
It was for that reason that in 1994, having begun my legal career in Miami in 1977, I moved back to the “magic city” while continuing to operate my newly born baby, Judicial Watch. As an international lawyer who had gone “rogue” in my quest for honesty in government and the legal system (see my book “Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment”), I wanted to focus, among other priorities, on helping the Cuban community to finally overthrow that Hilteresque communist dictator to the south. I sympathized with and felt passionately close to the plight of the Cuban exiles, my grandfather and grandmother Klayman also having fled communism, Soviet-style, in the early part of the 20th century.
During my years at Judicial Watch, ironically before I left “my baby” in the fall of 2003 to unsuccessfully run in 2004 for the exact same U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Cuban-American Marco Rubio, I did much for my Cuban friends, bringing civil and criminal legal actions on behalf of the victims of Castro’s crimes against humanity, lobbying the European Union and its member states such as France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain (I addressed the French and Italian parliaments in this regard) to take a harder line against this madman and numerous other activist projects. In one such case, I obtained a $1.8 million dollar judgment against Fidel and his comrades for brutally shooting down the planes and killing the colleagues of my client, Jose Basulto of Brothers to the Rescue, a heroic group that specialized in picking up and saving rafters in the Florida Straits who had bravely set out from Havana bound for a new life in the promised land of the United States. Probably as a result, after the verdict Castro himself was heard angrily saying on his state-run news network, “Grandma,” that Jose Basulto and Larry Klayman “are the biggest enemies of the Cuban people.” I took this verbal attack by Fidel, which was broadcast into Miami, as a badge of honor.
It was no wonder, then, that when I ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004 in the Florida Republican primary, the Cuban community considered me to be their favorite “gringo.” But I was not Cuban, and blood is much thicker than water. I lost the Republican primary to Cuban-American Mel Martinez, who Karl Rove and President George W. Bush had inserted into the race to try to boost W’s own fortunes with Latino voters during the 2004 presidential election. Despite my considerable efforts to help them, the Cuban community felt in their hearts, rather than in their heads, duty bound to support one of their own, even if Mel had never lifted as much as one finger to help his own people in any meaningful way. Indeed, Mel’s “claim to fame” was simply that he had come to this country as a young boy, having been sent by his parents alone as a so called “pedro pan.” Having achieved little in pushing the American government to overthrow Castro over the years, the Cuban community at least could take pride that they would have a Cuban senator in Washington, D.C., even if he was little more than a mascot for the cause.
Mel was barely elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004 and predictably did little to nothing during the next five years for his own people, or anyone else for that matter. He quit the Senate before his first term was to end in 2010, preferring an easy life in Orlando rather than “political combat” in Washington, D.C.
It is no secret that Cubans are not liked by the rest of the considerable Latino communities in Florida and elsewhere, perhaps as a result of their envy and jealousy for Cuban economic success as well as the perceived arrogance of Cubans about this success. Cubans are often derisively called by their detractors the “Jews of the Caribbean.”
In this context, and because of my Florida roots, I have watched with interest the rise of Marco Rubio as the potential running mate of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. So it was that I recently purchased a copy of Rubio’s new autobiography, “An American Son,” to see if my intuitions were true; namely that his is an opportunistic establishment creation who, like Sen. Martinez before him, has done little for his own people. And if Rubio has done little for Cubans, then how can we expect as vice president that he will do much for us?
Keeping an open mind, I quickly read the 307 pages of Rubio’s book. While the tome does show “admirable” traits in calculated humility, as predicted, it demonstrates a personality and focus more bent on achieving a political goal than any real substance or achievement. Indeed, Rubio’s book suggests that his entire career has been bereft of much more than simply sucking up to Miami and Florida politicians and their enablers – key persons who could advance his political ambitions ( individuals like Miami Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, former Florida Republican chairman and lobbyist Al Cardenas, not to mention former Gov. Jeb Bush). So it was no wonder, given his innate opportunism that when Rubio decided to run for Martinez’s vacated Senate seat in 2010, seeing that he was almost 30 points down to his primary opponent, Gov. Charlie Christ, he smartly threw his lot with the tea party. The rest is history; Rubio rode the huge and mounting wave of government disgust and discontent into the U.S. Senate.
This is not to say that Rubio is a bad person. To the contrary, he is most likely a personable and driven guy. But, I urge you to read his book and vet him. He does not appear at first glance to be the real deal, and whatever your verdict, his book confirms that he is not a “natural born citizen” who even qualifies for the office of vice president, his parents not being U.S. citizens at the time of his birth.
In 2008, We the People failed to vet and “read the book” of Barack Hussein Obama – and what we got, ironically, as president was a Castro sympathizer and socialist in the White House. Also ironic is the fact that like Obama, who had the experience of being a 4-year U.S. senator at the time, Rubio also suffers from the same lack of federal experience. And, if anyone thinks that Rubio will help Romney with Latino voters, think again! Just as Martinez, also a Cuban, did not help George W. win Florida in 2004, nor will Rubio likely help Romney. Other Latino communities in Florida and around the nation deeply resent the Cubans, however unfairly.