Florida GOP leaders ask national party to boycott Univision debate


A few weeks ago I asked Jose Diaz Balart (via Twitter) about an Univision Republican debate, and he replied it was pretty much a sure thing. Later that night I told Jeff that the R's would find a way to weasel out of it 'cause it just had too many booby traps for them in their current Teabagger mode. Ta da! It's pretty much a he said/he said deal, but if it really happened, why just mention it now? I remember the story emerged last year because I thought it was a nothing point, it really had nothing to do with him.

Three top Florida Hispanic Republicans are calling on the national GOP and their party’s presidential candidates to boycott a proposed Univision debate amid allegations that the Spanish-language television network tried to “extort” Sen. Marco Rubio.

In a letter Monday to the Republican National Committee, U.S. Rep. David Rivera and state Reps. Carlos Lopez-Cantera and Erik Fresen also demanded that Univision apologize and fire its news president, Isaac Lee.

The controversy revolves around a Miami Herald story on Sunday in which staffers from Rubio’s office and the network said that Lee offered to soften or kill a story about a decades-old drug bust of Rubio’s brother-in-law if the Republican senator sat down for an interview — where he’d likely be asked to defend his conservative position on immigration.

Lee and Univision officials, who could not be immediately reached to respond to Monday’s letter, last week denied the reports about a quid-pro-quo offer to Rubio.