One gets the sense that Sen. Marco Rubio’s office staff is getting tired of dealing with pro-embargo types like lobbyist Mauricio Claver-Carone breathing down their necks.
Read the letter by “Marco Rubio” to The New York Times below. It is la-zy. Like an afterthought the staffer threw together right before heading to G-town to drown in cheap bourbon with his buddies.
I mean, if you’re going to go after the writer of a Tourism column for crying out loud, argue that Cuba can be an inhospitable country, where foreigners can face jail time for traffic altercations, where a wrong turn in glitzy Old Havana can lead you down roads that look like Damascus, where customer service is often subpar, where the food in many hotels is kinda meh, where you can’t find a juicy sirloin steak at any paladar, where internet connectivity at most hotels is 56K, and so on…
Instead, this guy throws two old talking points together – human rights violations, and the government not allowing tour companies to facilitate visits to dissidents – and calls it a day. As if the average reader of a newspaper’s Tourism section cared more about a country’s internal opposition than whether they can get free wi-fi in their rooms.
Please hardliners, try harder. Try like if you really give a shit. Don’t make the pro-travel, anti-embargo blog do all the hard work for you.
The writer is a Republican senator from Florida.