Your morning jolt: Marco Rubio on his brush with Mormonism

If you’re in Gwinnett County at lunch time, think about popping in on U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R- Fla.,who has a noon book-signing at Books-A-Million in Lawrenceville. GeorgiaPundit.com has helpfully linked to a map.

In this April 23 photo Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in Aston, Pa. AP/Jae C. Hong

In this April 23 photo Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, campaigns with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., in Aston, Pa. AP/Jae C. Hong

Do not expect him to enlighten you on the vice presidential selection process as he signs “An American Son,” (Penguin Books, $26.95) In an interview this week, the Florida senator said he’s sworn off such talk. He’s also attempting to tread a very careful line on illegal immigration.

But religion is one surprising topic that Rubio, the son of Cuban emigres, is willing to discuss. His publicist encourages it, in fact.

Like many other immigrant families before them, the Rubios sampled the American cafeteria, moving from Catholicism to Mormonism to Catholicism to Southern Baptist – and back to Catholicism. Said Rubio earlier this week:

”I went where my parents went. I’ve been raised Roman Catholic the majority of my life. When I was eight years old, we did join a Mormon church for a couple years in Las Vegas. When we moved there, my parents were desperately looking to place us in a family friendly environment. One of my mom’s sisters had joined the LDS church, and my mom saw what a family friendly environment the church created for its members.”

A few lines from “An American Son”:

Some of the church’s rules were difficult for my parents, especially my father, to abide by. The LDS health code, the “Word of Wisdom,” banned the use of tobacco. My dad had been a smoker since he was a boy of thirteen and working in the streets of Havana….The church also strictly prohibited the consumption of alcohol. I never saw my parents consume anything more than an occasional glass of beer or wine, and we never kept spirits at home. But my father was a bartender, and while the church didn’t object to one of its members working in that occupation, it considered liquor poison, which could have bothered my father…It certainly bothered me, and I admonished him for trading in the sinful substance, urging him to find other work. He ignored my tactlessness….

Rubio says that, by the time he was in sixth grade, his family had returned to Catholicism, “where we were pretty much all the way through 2003, when my family – me, my sister, my parents and some other people – started attending a church called Christ Fellowship [a Southern Baptist congregation].

“For a couple years, that was our exclusive church home. I never left the Catholic church, and in the mid-2000s, I started re-connecting with my Catholic roots again,” he said in the interview.

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Marco Rubio may not be talking about the vice presidency, but Mitt Romney’s wife is. According to the Associated Press, Ann Romney declared that her husband is thinking about picking a woman to be on his ticket this fall.

“We’ve been looking at that and I love that option as well,” Ann Romney said in an interview aired this morning on CBS News. The candidate’s wife said she thinks the person selected for the No. 2 spot should be “someone that obviously can do the job but will be able to carry through with some of the other responsibilities.”

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Over at the Marietta Daily Journal, Jon Gillooly has a few paragraphs describing attorney Pitts Carr, who may be about to mount a court challenge to the language that Secretary of State Brian Kemp used to describe the transportation sales tax issue on the July 31 ballot. Pro-tax forces might want to pay attention:

Cobb residents likely will remember Carr as lead counsel for such plaintiffs as Butch Thompson in the lawsuit against Cobb EMC, a case that ultimately resulted in the entire replacement of the Cobb EMC board.

The ballot language raising the ire of the anti-tax group is a preamble that says the TSPLOST “provides for local transportation projects to create jobs and reduce traffic congestion with citizen oversight.”

… “It would be like somebody saying, ‘Larry Burke (candidate for Cobb State Court Judge) is a really great guy,’ you know? The ballot is supposed to be completely neutral and fair in every way and to have anybody do some electioneering on the ballot is improper, but I think it’s particularly improper for the state to be the one that’s doing it or appears to be the one that’s doing it.”

Carr believes the language is not permissible under Georgia law. “I don’t believe it is. I can’t find any basis for it,” he said.

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Many people are talking this morning about the temporary delay in a Woodstock fireworks show, caused by a premature detonation of pyrotechnics. The same thing happened down in Albany – except that it was the crowd that exploded. From WALB-TV:

Albany Police suspended the July 4th fireworks show Wednesday night because they say a series of fights put families, who were there to enjoy a night of fun, in danger.

Chief John Proctor said a number of fights broke out in the Turtle Park area where many people gathered to watch the fireworks show. He said it became a safety and crowd control issue, and police officers made the decision to suspend the fireworks.

About 10:45 p.m., the Chief told WALB News Ten the area had been cleared. A few minutes later, Capt. Reginald Brown told us the fireworks show did resume, although few people were there to see the end of it.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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37 comments Add your comment

Road Scholar

July 5th, 2012
10:10 am

So you may spend $8B in 10 years and no jobs would be created or maintained? Unlocking congestion areas and adding more transit will not address congestion? The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Fights in Albany during a July 4th fireworks? I don’t think that is the freedom our founding fathers had in mind!

And we allow more cuts in education funding? The dumbing of America is sooooo evident.

Mark

July 5th, 2012
10:53 am

Why is it that every politician has a new book out during election years

clyde

July 5th, 2012
11:10 am

Centrist,
It isn’t often that one sees the media as reporters except at the very local level.Most of the media today advocates Obama and the other part advocates Romney,for example.After that they take sides on every other issue in the country.The problem stems from people believing their rhetoric.

Centrist

July 5th, 2012
11:15 am

@ clyde – sad, but true.

Marlboro Man

July 5th, 2012
11:18 am

What up with the sensorship ?

Real Athens

July 5th, 2012
11:30 am

Anyone who voted for Brian Kemp has no one but themselves to blame for any knucklehead move from his office. Don’t complain about “the language that Secretary of State Brian Kemp used to describe the transportation sales tax issue” if you voted for him. Until he read this article, I’ll wager he didn’t even know what a preamble was.

As the call to institute the Affordable Health Care Act ramps up, pay attention to another brain dead fool from the Athens area — Ralph Hudgins. This guy has been a career, political welfare recipient for most of his life. Keep an eye on how his bank account swells during his tenure.

The Fourth Estate died when corporations took it over. Newspapers are first and foremost, revenue generators for advertising. Remember, the customer is always right.

GaBlue

July 5th, 2012
11:33 am

Real Athens @ 11:30,

AMEN!

GaBlue

July 5th, 2012
11:40 am

IMO, a person’s religious beliefs and practices are his or her own beeswax. It’s only pertinent because too many busy bodies want to circumvent the principles of our Constitution and assert their personal religious beliefs onto the rest of the population.

ENOUGH already! Keep religion out of our government, and it won’t be a factor in the campaigns. Know what happens then? Candidates will have to run on issues, and the people who run the government will have to base their actions on the rule of law — free from religious tyranny — as our founding fathers intended. Imagine that!

Centrist

July 5th, 2012
11:46 am

Real Athens posted “The Fourth Estate died when corporations took it over. Newspapers are first and foremost, revenue generators for advertising.”

The Fourth Estate now includes a lot more than print media. Corporations advertising has little to do with the mostly leftist liberal bias, though. No doubt the media won’t bite the hand that feeds them; but the bias comes from media owners, schools of journalism, and screens they use to maintain the bias. The bias has become more blatant over the last decade or so.

Centrist

July 5th, 2012
11:49 am

@ GaBlue – Totally agree with your point about religion, politics, and partisans who try to use it as a wedge issue.

td

July 5th, 2012
12:15 pm

Road Scholar

July 5th, 2012
10:10 am

“And we allow more cuts in education funding? The dumbing of America is sooooo evident.”

You think those education cuts are bad now, just wait until the state is paying for another 600,000 on Medicaid in a few years.

td

July 5th, 2012
12:22 pm

Real Athens

July 5th, 2012
11:30 am

“The Fourth Estate died when corporations took it over. Newspapers are first and foremost, revenue generators for advertising. Remember, the customer is always right.”

Hoe do you explain the far left leanings of this newspaper? If they had more Kyle Wingfields and less Jay Bookmans they would produce a great deal more revenue in this conservative state.

Shar

July 5th, 2012
12:26 pm

Does the Secretary of State’s position mean that I can insert a preamble to Nathan Deal’s re-election ballot that says, “The person who slunk out of Congress to avoid ethics penalties, who used political leverage to maintain a state monopoly benefitting himself and who appointed only cronies to positions of trust in the state government”?

Marlboro Man

July 5th, 2012
12:28 pm

Sounds like the state leaders need to do some planning, I know they never plan, but

Centrist

July 5th, 2012
12:32 pm

td posted “How do you explain the far left leanings of this newspaper? If they had more Kyle Wingfields and less Jay Bookmans they would produce a great deal more revenue in this conservative state.”

Not just the columnist and bloggers – but the liberal owner (Cox), reporters and editors. The Atlanta newspaper probably does reflect the majority ITP view, but it used to “Cover Dixie like the dew”. Those days are long gone. Some due to other media competition, but there was a conscious political decision to be a liberal island in a conservative sea trumping economics.

The more recent marketing campaign pretending to be less biased has fallen flat, even though overt political endorsements and the editorial page were revamped. I sort of miss the list of political endorsements just before elections – I took it to my polling place and voted for the other side when I was not up to speed on a particular race. I now have to leave those choices blank.

td

July 5th, 2012
12:42 pm

Shar

July 5th, 2012
12:26 pm

“The person who slunk out of Congress to avoid ethics penalties,”

Do you have any proof of those allegations?

“who used political leverage to maintain a state monopoly benefitting himself”

Name the monopoly that personally benefits Deal?

” and who appointed only cronies to positions of trust in the state government”?”

I think Deal has appointed plenty of Democrats to high positions in state government. It is one of the issues that I do not like. I think he should have purged state government leadership positions of all Democrats because they have to much power to slow down a true conservative agenda. As far as appointing contributors to unpaid board positions then that is what happens for the winners of every election (no matter the party in power).

Blake

July 5th, 2012
1:04 pm

Go Ann go! Put Palin back on the ticket!!

GaBlue

July 5th, 2012
1:22 pm

td,

Hoe do you explain the far left leanings of this newspaper?

A mis-prescribed dosage of your necessary medications? The Nation is “far left.” The AJC is far from it.

If they had more Kyle Wingfields and less Jay Bookmans they would produce a great deal more revenue in this conservative state.

So you admit that modern newspapers are just revenue wh0res, then, and should reject the idea of a balanced perspective in favor of telling readers what they already want to hear? Interesting!

Kris (voting NO)

July 5th, 2012
1:26 pm

So the scam assault has Began “The TV commercials”. One would think that the amount of money spend by dirty deal and his cronies on the commercials they could come up with something better than untie the noose. HA This is GA.
http://blogs.ajc.com/cynthia-tucker/2010/08/11/nathan-deal-among-15-most-corrupt-members-of-congress/
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Vote NO on the SCAM t-spOST
Impeach DEAL
Recall REED
Re-Elect OBAMA

Shar

July 5th, 2012
2:13 pm

@td: Gainesville Salvage was a monopoly that Deal used his political clout to protect. Since he co-owned it, it’s safe to say that he profited from it. He left Congress only hours before an ethics committee report was to be released on the matter, which qualifies as “slinking” to me particularly as A) he had no where pressing to go and B) early indications were that the report would be highly unfavorable to him and include recommendations for reprimands. He didn’t want it made public, and the only way to keep it from being released was to quit Congress.

Deal’s cronyism is rampant, with this week’s Port Authority appointments being some of the most egregious.

I’m sorry that you think a “purge” of Democrats is necessary. I believe that those of us who vote in the minority should indeed have some kind of representation, and more importantly, I believe that people who are most qualified should be entrusted with the people’s business. The idea of a “purge” sounds fascist, and only too consistent with the worst politics of too many metro school districts (among other groups) where skin color counts before ability.

It hasn’t done much for them and surely you can’t believe it would do much for a state already at the bottom of the ethics heap.

td

July 5th, 2012
2:19 pm

GaBlue

July 5th, 2012
1:22 pm

td,

Hoe do you explain the far left leanings of this newspaper?

A mis-prescribed dosage of your necessary medications? The Nation is “far left.” The AJC is far from it.

If they had more Kyle Wingfields and less Jay Bookmans they would produce a great deal more revenue in this conservative state.

So you admit that modern newspapers are just revenue wh0res, then, and should reject the idea of a balanced perspective in favor of telling readers what they already want to hear? Interesting!

The nation is center right and there are many polls that prove it.

Where is the balance on the editorial pages of this paper? Leave out the sports blogs and there are 4 other main blogs (editorials) with this paper. Downey is a liberal, Galloway is a Liberal, Bookman is a far left socialist and Wingfield is a moderate. This is what you call a balanced perspective? Wingfield is the only columnist that will do a blog that opposes his own personal views. When is the last time you saw a blog by Jim that could be considered negative towards Obama? Never?

What I want is a person that will leave out his/her philosophy and write the truth. Where is the columnist that will tell us in one article that Obamacare will kill the budget in Georgia in one article and tell us Newt cheated on his wife in the same day? This person would give the readers a “balanced perspective” but this does not happen here and the true conservative agenda is not represented at all.

DannyX

July 5th, 2012
2:25 pm

What exactly does the AJC owe you td? If conservatives don’t like the AJC start your own newspaper.

Ever here of free market???? How about free press? Supply and demand???

Talk about your entitlement mentality!

td

July 5th, 2012
2:30 pm

Shar

July 5th, 2012
2:13 pm

I hope you were here saying the same things when Democrats were running this state. There were no Republicans in any position of authority. Are you trying to tell us that there were no qualified conservatives? How about on a Federal level. How many conservatives hold key positions in the Obama administration?

The difference is that I think elections have consequences. Although I hate the fact that there are nothing but far left progressives in charge of the Federal bureaucracy, I feel it is the Presidents right to appoint like minded people to all the leadership positions that will carry out his agenda. Why should this not be done on the state level as well?

As far as your other points about Deal, there were people hear that said Deal will be prosecuted and in jail by now and nothing has happened under the Obama justice department so I take all those claims to be nothing more then partisan wishful thinking and mean nothing. As I said before non paying appointments to boards are part of the game of political patronage no matter who is in power so it is no big deal. Now if you want to talk about doing away with most of these boards then I think we could come to some agreement because they are really nothing more then a waste of tax payer dollars.

td

July 5th, 2012
2:35 pm

DannyX

July 5th, 2012
2:25 pm

“What exactly does the AJC owe you td?”

They do not owe me personally anything and it is Ms. Cox’s right to run the paper anyway she chooses to run it. As a citizen of this nation I do have the right to come on here and tell Ms. Cox that I do not like the product she is putting out the same as I have the right to go into a restaurant and get a bad meal to inform them of the same thing.

Shar

July 5th, 2012
2:36 pm

@td: “Obamacare will kill the budget in Georgia”

Right now, the healthcare costs for those who cannot or will not pay for their own insurance, as well as for those who work for companies like Wal-Mart that very carefully game the rules on part time employment to keep as many employees as possible from qualifying for company health benefits, are being borne by those of us who pay taxes and pay for our own insurance and health costs.

When a person presents themselves at the ER at Grady, I am paying for their care in three ways: a property tax levy that becomes a direct subsidy from Fulton County, a portion of my income tax that becomes Federal and state Medicaid, and shifting their incurred costs to me if I should be so unwary or unlucky as to need care at that hospital.

The health care costs of the uninsured are further inflated by the fact that, having no access to primary care, they wait until they have an emergency and then use the most expensive care possible – that delivered in the ER.

You say that Georgia’s budget will suffer, but Georgians’ budgets are taking the hit right now for care that is delivered in the wrong way, often too late to avert long-term (expensive) problems.

I agree that this health act is not the best way to go. I think we the people should have the same benefits that members of Congress and the executive branch do, which is single-payer. However, since all of them seem to have added that level of health care to the list of goodies they are entitled to and we are only entitled to pay for, ACA is at least a step in the direction of lifting the burden from back-door billing against the rest of us to some kind of participation by everyone, and hopefully will encourage people to stop using the ER for primary care.

I just don’t see why putting it upfront in the state budget is so much worse than letting those costs sneak into individuals’ bills.

kris

July 5th, 2012
2:45 pm

Shar July 5th, 2:13 pm

“@td: Gainesville Salvage was a monopoly (SCAM) that Deal used his political clout to protect. Since he co-owned it, it’s safe to say that he profited from it.”

Well said Shar. Dirty deal made $$$ off of it and screwed the Taxpayers of GA one SHADY DEAL at a time.
My thoughts are

The Port Authority another dirty DEAL for GA.
Some people can fall in Scat and come out smelling fine …Just Saying how do you spell corruption… “Deal” .Why is every time the idiots at the capitol meet quality BEHIND (locked and guarded doors the PEOPLE OF GA SILENTY GET SCREWED?

DannyX

July 5th, 2012
2:48 pm

“They do not owe me personally anything and it is Ms. Cox’s right to run the paper anyway she chooses to run it.”

You do not have that right, they can censor you and delete all of your posts if they wish. As it is they allow you to whine here all day. That restaurant you hate can also kick you out and bar you from returning.

Why don’t you get with the other media whiner “Centrist” and start your own paper?

WOW

July 5th, 2012
2:49 pm

Hoe do you explain the far left leanings of this newspaper? If they had more Kyle Wingfields and less Jay Bookmans they would produce a great deal more revenue in this conservative state.

I believe that the online revenue is generated per hits per page. So since Bookman and Jim get you guys more rilled up than Kyle. They actually probably make more money being opposite from the readership.

WOW

July 5th, 2012
2:50 pm

@ Danny

If they start their own paper they won’t have anything to complain about and we won’t have their rants to laugh at.

DannyX

July 5th, 2012
2:52 pm

Btw td, my 10:49 post was removed by Jim, I didn’t complain about it, its his blog and he has every right to do so. If I don’t like the rules I don’t have to come here. Hopefully he”ll be back and delete this one too, along with the whiny off topic posts from you and “Centrist.”

Paul Smith

July 5th, 2012
2:53 pm

I have no issue with Rubio’s insistence on not talking about the Veep slot but I have MAJOR problems with his not talking about the fact that he is ineligible to run in that slot. We’re being set up for yet another usurper and a complete refutation of the Constitution by the Republican Party. Conservatives should refuse to vote for a ticket that includes an ineligible candidate (and that includes Bobby Jindal) — EVER!

td

July 5th, 2012
3:00 pm

Shar

July 5th, 2012
2:36 pm

The people that are poor and go to Grady for emergency services receive a Georgia class of assistance called “Emergency medical assistance” from Medicaid.

Medicaid means that the person has to pay ZERO for the benefits. No Premium, No Co pay, No deductible. Obama care wants to raise the eligibility income requirements to for Medicaid to 133% of the Federal poverty level. FPL is a person making $7.25 per hour working 40 hours per week. Under Obamacare that would mean anyone making less the $9.64 per hour working 40 hours per week would pay nothing. Then there is a sliding scale and subsidies for any making up to 400% of the FPL. or about $80,000 per year.

I will agree that everyone should be able to access the same insurance as members of Congress but they should have to pay the premium price, the co-pays and have the same deductibles as a member of Congress.

GaBlue

July 5th, 2012
3:05 pm

td,

“The nation is center right and there are many polls that prove it.”

Heh… I was referring to The Nation the weekly publication, not our nation. Here you are railing against the left-wing media (per your right-wing media talking points) and you don’t even know who the real left wing media are! D’OH! Priceless.

Uh oh

July 5th, 2012
3:11 pm

GaBlue

Typical TD. Sometimes he gets confused with all the talking points he digests and can’t regurgitate or remember them all

American Vipar

July 5th, 2012
7:25 pm

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Politics today is mere cultish personality worship & its compliment-mudslinging. The american education system is of course blamable.

Big Hat

July 5th, 2012
11:16 pm

Which one of Mitt’s wives will be First Lady?

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