Florida building boots Rubio over protests: report

Florida building boots Rubio over protests: report
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRepublicans struggle to save funding for Trump's border wall Rubio: Dropping FARC from terrorist list threatens Colombians, US security This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead MORE (R-Fla.) must vacate his Tampa office in the wake of recurring protests there, according to a new report.

The owner of the Bridgeport Center building notified Rubio’s office on Feb. 1 that it will not renew his lease, the Tampa Bay Times said Tuesday.

“A professional office space is not a place for that,” Jude Williams, president of America’s Capital Partners, said. "I understand their cause, but at the end of the day it was a security concern for us.”


Williams said demonstrations at Rubio’s office were disrupting other tenants.

Rubio’s office told the Times his lease at Bridgeport expired in December and he has been renting on a month-to-month basis while negotiating a new agreement.

Rubio’s staff must now leave by Friday, it added, and the 2016 GOP presidential candidate does not have a new location lined up after talks elsewhere collapsed.

“We are actively looking for new office space, and our goal is to remain accessible and continue providing prompt and efficient service to all Floridians,” Rubio spokeswoman Christina Mandreucci said in an email.

The Times said progressive groups opposing President Trump’s agenda have gathered at least once weekly outside the building. More than 150 people have turned out at protests and his six other Florida offices have also been targets.

Republican lawmakers like Rubio are facing protests at their offices, town halls and other events over President Trump’s policies and healthcare.