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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 29:  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during a press conference with fellow Republicans on objecting to a scheduled U.S. Senate recess next week June 29, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Sen. Jim Demint and other senators are requesting that the U.S. Senate remain in session to work on the debt ceiling issue.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 29: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks during a press conference with fellow Republicans on objecting to a scheduled U.S. Senate recess next week June 29, 2011 in Washington, DC. Sen. Jim Demint and other senators are requesting that the U.S. Senate remain in session to work on the debt ceiling issue. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)  

Rubio finds creative way to answer constituent mail

Marco Rubio quickly glanced at several papers handed to him by an aide as he sat in a wooden chair in a small television studio in the U.S. Capitol complex.

“I’m ready,” the telegenic Republican senator from Florida said before flashing a smile and staring into the television camera.

He read the papers — two letters from constituents asking questions on the debt ceiling and foreign aid — out loud and then answered the queries on camera.

It’s part of a new weekly Web video series Rubio is launching today where he’ll answer questions from the folks back home on video and then post it online.

“I think, honestly, a lot of people doubt whether those letters go anywhere other than into a computer system that just spits out a form letter back to them,” Rubio said in an interview with The Daily Caller after filming his first installment. “So part of it is I want people to know letters are being read, and it does have an impact on us.”

Rubio said the idea for “Marco’s Constituent Mail Box” is to pick letters that are typical of the volume of mail his office gets. (Huntsman preps all-or-nothing Florida campaign)

“So if we’re getting a lot of letters on a certain topic, we’ll pick one of them and we’ll use that as an opportunity to answer the question for a lot of people,” he explained.

Rubio said his staff gives him a folder of 20 or 30 letters every week or so that he reads.

“It gives me a sense of what’s on people’s minds, what people are talking about and those sorts of things,” he said.

Rubio denied that the weekly video segment is a political maneuver to let voters know that despite his rising national profile — and constant mentions as a plausible vice presidential pick in 2012 — his mind is still on the Sunshine State.

“I don’t know if there’s any calculation behind it other than the fact that someone in our office came up with this great idea about reaching back to constituents,” he said.

Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos said the letters Rubio will read on video will not always be laudatory — instead, they will include “the good, the bad, the ugly.” The first letter Rubio read was from a resident who said he didn’t vote for him last year. (Boehner calls Obama ‘sorely mistaken’ on taxes)

Burgos said Rubio has averaged 25,000 constituent emails, letters and calls each week since February.

“Today, senators and congressmen have the chance to communicate with our voters and with our residents in ways that are predecessors never had,” Rubio explained before hopping on a Capitol subway back to his office. “And I want to take full advantage of that because the closer in touch I am with the real lives of people back home, the better senator I’m going to be.”

Watch his first video:
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  • MJHBAMA

    There are a lot of cynics and conspiracy theorists out therewith rather weird ideas. A letter or E-mail, if presented properly, with clear, clean, concise, and succinct wording will be read. I’m sure there are catch words that will guarantee a read and a possible forwarding to the Senator or Representative and other words that will guarantee an immediate shredding.
    Rubio will probably not be tapped for a slot in the executive branch in 2012. Not because he isn’t wanted but because he isn’t going to be available being too busy in his current job. Come the 2nd decade of this century though……………..

  • J Baustian

    If you want to communicate with your elected representative, use snail mail.

    Carefully compose your letter, using facts, logic, and proper spelling and grammar. Then print it out on quality paper and mail it in a nicely-addressed envelope.

    One good letter is worth 10,000 identical emails.

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  • Rush Youngberg

    Rubio is angling for VP in 2012 and the presidency in 2020. He is a RINO and pretty boy who is a one trick pony claiming he can deliver FL and the Latino vote. While Cubans have escaped tyranny and embraced democracy, Mexicans have not.

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  • monkeybird

    I believe I’m watching a future President of the United States. He’s becoming an excellent senator!

  • rone

    WHEN AMERICANS AGER BOILS OVER THERE WILL BE MANY POLITICIANS JOINING THEIR GOD, THE DEVIL

  • BMF

    I can verify that letters to your Senator and Representative, regardless of party, are only given scripted responses based on the subject line, which you must chose from a pull down menu–no fair creating your own subject about something that concerns you; you can only submit questions about issues they already have scripted.

    So here’s your homework. Go to your Senator’s or Representative’s government website, fill out the form to submit a message. Pick a subject, but then type in random letters in the body so it looks like sentences, but doesn’t mean anything.

    In a few days, you will receive a scripted response that provides you only with the Democrat or Republican talking points for that subject–and nothing more.

    Voila! Proof that messages from concerned citizens are not read by the politicians representing the concerned citizens.

    However, their staff, who don’t give a hoot about you either, do eventually check the messages to track if messages are running more negative than positive with regard to their scripted responses.

    But it doesn’t really matter there either because the politicians are still going to do whatever they want regardless of what you think because they know too well that in 3.5 nano-seconds you are going to forget all about their scandalous behaviour, reckless spending, poor judgement, and the fact that they don’t care whether you live or die because come election time they’ll buy you off or promise you a Uptopian paradise to get your vote–even if you are planted in a cemetery or you only exit in this universe as a hanging chad.

    • opinionated2

      I never email. I’d rather make a phone call and speak directly to an aid, even if it’s a nobody. Sometimes I ask to speak to the aide handling a particular issue. A phone call is an easy way to let them know just how upset and serious I am. If they are going to ruin this country I have no problem ruining their day.

      • Gonzo51

        If they are going to ruin this country I have no problem ruining their day.

        LOL…that made my day!

    • poest

      Very well written, thought out and humerous too. I live in Westchester County
      in New York. It is impossible to get Chucky or any of our politicians’ aids
      on the phone. It’s busy signal city. In any event in my state conservatives
      at the most only spout lip service.