"During his rise to political prominence, Sen. Marco Rubio frequently repeated a compelling version of his family’s history that had special resonance in South Florida.
He was the “son of exiles,” he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after “a thug,” Fidel Castro, took power. But a review of documents — including naturalization papers and other official records — reveals that the Florida Republican’s account embellishes the facts. The documents show that Rubio’s parents came to the United States and were admitted for permanent residence more than two-and-a-half years before Castro’s forces overthrew the Cuban government and took power on New Year’s Day 1959."
So what point is Roig-Francia trying to make? Is he saying that Cubans who left in 1956 looking for freedom were different than my parents who departed in 1964?
Senator Rubio responded with his article:
"But the Post story misses the point completely. The real essence of my family’s story is not about the date my parents first entered the United States. Or whether they traveled back and forth between the two nations. Or even the date they left Fidel Castro’s Cuba forever and permanently settled here."
This is the definition of a "hit piece".
First of all, we don't divide Cubans in the US as pre-59 or post-59. In our hearts, every Cuban who came here looking for freedom is part of the movement.
Second, did Manuel Roig-Francia write an article about candidate BO's story about his mother's death?
Third, and most important, this is only the beginning of the left's war against Rubio. In other words, Rubio has to be destroyed because he has the potential of crushing Pres BO's Hispanic vote numbers in 2012.
The bad news is that it won't be the last! The good news is that we came to Sen Rubio's defense and put Manuel Roig-Francia in the defensive.
P.S. Check out our interview with Alberto de la Cruz of The Babalu Blog: