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.
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.
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.”
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.
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