Senator Marco Rubio (R) is up for reelection to the Senate in 2022, and many Trump Republicans and Monday morning politicos believe that Rubio will face a primary challenge from former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi or from Ivanka Trump (both pictured).
It’s just not going to happen.
First of all, Ivanka Trump has worked closely with Sen. Rubio during her father’s administration and knows who well Rubio and her father worked together to implement the America First Agenda the presidential campaign on.
According to one former Trump administration official, who asked that we keep his or her name out of this story, said that running the U.S. Senate in 2022 was “out of the question,” and just because she bought the property in Florida “it doesn’t in any way signal a run against Rubio.”
As far as Bondi, who has been one of President Trump’s closest allies, Florida’s former attorney general is a friend to Rubio. In response to our request for comment on the rumor that she may challenge Rubio in 2022, Bondi simply replied, “never, Marco is a friend.”
The calls for Rubio to be the primary challenge come from the fringe element of the Republican Party that can’t get past the contentious 2016 Republican presidential primary race where both Trump and Rubio exchanged political blows.
These same Trump purists can’t accept, or just haven’t paid attention to the fact that Rubio was one of the closest, if not the closest, supporters of Trump in the U.S. Senate over the past 4 years.
The Lincoln Project, which appears to be imploding, is not willing to challenge Rubio because according to one of its co-founders, Rick Wilson, told POLITICO’s Marc Caputo that “We’re not going to chase rabbits we can’t catch.”
In actuality, during the 2020 presidential election, The Lincoln Project let a lot of bunnies getaway. They lost just about all, if not all of the congressional races they tried to influence.
Top Democrats have even pegged Rubio as a Trump loyalist who “at all times” supported Trump. Actually, Rubio supported the former president’s agenda over 90 percent of the time.
Rubio could face-off against several prominent Florida Democrats, including Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Val Demings. Rep. Demings recently stated that she was open to running for a statewide seat, including a run at Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2022 gubernatorial sweepstakes.
The problem that any congressional Democrat faces if they run against Rubio is that they would write themselves out of the House of Representatives. Why would Murphy and Demings risk their cushy and save congressional seats?