“Marco Rubio is a principled and effective leader who will help limit government, lower taxes, defend America and preserve our freedoms,” said IAR Regional Chairman Jim Bomford. “Marco Rubio has a proven record of public service and is a real patriot who will not only oppose big government disasters like the stimulus and ObamaCare, but also offer thoughtful, policy-based alternatives.
“Although we endorsed Charlie Crist for governor in 2006, we have been disappointed
by his support for wasteful stimulus spending, cap-and-trade, tax increases and his opposition to scrapping ObamaCare,” he added. “We trusted him to govern as a Jeb Bush Republican, but have been roundly disappointed by his stewardship of Florida.”
IAR National Chairman Grant Lally added, “The Irish-American Republicans are proud to endorse Marco Rubio for Senate. During this period of economic uncertainty, the Senate needs a leader like Marco Rubio who will courageously challenge Washington’s big-spending ways and ensure the next generation of Americans inherits a strong and prosperous nation.”
In accepting this endorsement, Rubio said, “For over a century, the Irish-American Republicans have been an important part of the Republican Party’s heritage. I am honored to have their support in my campaign and wish all Irish-Americans in Florida and across the country a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.”
The Irish American Republicans are a national organization, originally organized in 1868 and chartered in 1880, dedicated to promoting the principles of the Republican Party, building Republican support among the 45-million-strong Irish-American community, strengthening relations between Ireland and the United States, and supporting the cause of justice and peace in Northern Ireland. The Irish-American Republicans’ Advisory Chairs include former Governor George Pataki (NY) and U.S. Senator John McCain (AZ), while its Board is comprised of Irish American leaders from the business, political, media and legal communities.