A reporter caught Marco Rubio doing this behind the scenes at CPAC


Benny Arthur Johnson, creative director for The Independent Journal Review, attended CPAC this past weekend, and caught an unguarded moment with Florida Senator Marco Rubio, which he posted on his Facebook page with a photo. Johnson reports on what he saw:

Extremely late for his CPAC speech, Marco Rubio marched down the service hallway of the Gaylord Convention Center, blowing past glad-handing donors & congressmen. He was being briefed by an aide when he abruptly stopped his sprinters pace & said “Hold on a minute.” He diverted over to a corner hallway full of dirty dish tubs & linens, where a working waitstaff had stopped cleaning for a moment & were silently standing at attention to get a glimpse of the candidate.

Rubio shook every hand in that waitstaff. He leaned in & said to one, “My dad used to do this,” pointing at the waiters dish towel, “This is real work, not running for President.” They laughed & Rubio was gone.

It’s important to note that this was not an open press zone. There was no other media around. I was there grabbing a jacket I left backstage the day before. This is the only photo I could snap of the encounter, which I sent to an overjoyed wait staff afterward.

Just a piece of humanity, in a very mean race.

It’s nice to know that there’s still some candidates who can relate to the little guy. Here’s the full photo Johnson took:


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Victor Medina is a freelance writer based in Dallas. He is the editor of WhenLiberalsAttack.com, and his other writing credits include The Dallas Morning News, Yahoo News, Cinelinx.com and SportsIllustrated.com. He has served as a Dallas County election judge and on the Board of Directors of The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. He is a member of the leadership team of the Cafe con Leche Republicans. You can follow him on his blog, VictorMedina.com or on Twitter at @mrvictormedina. He can be reached by email at vic@victormedina.com.