The U.S. Senator faces a demonstration at his office in our area.
A group of about 20 senior citizens, union members and community activists are expected to gather outside the door to Senator Marco Rubio's Palm Beach Gardens office at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Tony Fransetta, President of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans, tells us the main issue of the protest is to find out where Rubio stands on several senior concerns.
Fransetta says his group has tried time and time again to get a meeting with the senator, or even his staff, to no avail. "Young man, you represent all of us, not just a right wing group of tea baggers..."
He says the previous republican senators have taken the time to meet with the group, but Rubio has been "totally political, in the sense that if you're not a republican, right wing he's not going to give you the time of day..."
Here's a release from organizers of the protest:
The Florida New Majority Education Fund, South Florida Jobs with Justice, and the Florida Alliance of Retired Americans requested a meeting with Senator Rubio last month on three different occasions to discuss the Caring Across Generations Campaign and other senior issues like protecting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. None of these organizations received a call back or a response from Senator Rubio’s office.
Caring Across Generations is a national movement to do the following:
protect existing retirement and health security programs, and expand access to homecare;
to ensure that seniors can continue to live independently in their homes;
and to improve training programs and create quality jobs for our nation's caregivers.