Tea Party Junkets

April 10, 2014 8:30 am

by Eric The Younger · 3 comments

From Legistorm:

            What do Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have in common? They are both freshman Republican senators, they are both attorneys of Cuban descent, and they are both said to be considering runs for the White House.
             Those are the obvious similiarities. More obscure: They both had resisted the temptation of privately funded junkets. That is until they both took funds from the American Enterprise Institute to visit Sea Island, Ga. for the think tank’s annual World Forum last month, according to recent disclosures. The AEI describes the World Forum as an annual “off-the-record, agenda-setting discussions covering challenges in politics, economics, foreign policy, and other critical areas.”
              Both junior senators were selected to address the four-day conference. Among those on the guest list included former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). The attendees had the opportunity to meet with top officials from national and international media outlets, financial conglomerates and health care providers.
But everyone should remember that these two freshman are still the common people’s Senators. While they both have degrees, they were not invited inside the gated community that is inside the gated community of Sea Island.

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John Sanders April 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

they were just trying to visit their potential colleague Mr. Perdue… oh he lives in the gated community within the gated community.

xdog April 10, 2014 at 11:54 am

This is debasing the language. A junket is when you and family and staff tour Germany at Christmas or go to Israel and end up skinny-dipping with staffers in the Dead Sea. What Rubio and Cruz are doing is grabbing a chance to preach to the converted and add names to their rolodexes.

Eric The Younger April 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm

If it was in Atlanta, I would be inclined to agree. However, Sea Island is a different story.