Rubio is South Carolina bound

CNN is reporting that Marco Rubio will take part in a three city tour with Sen. Jim Demint in March:

Here’s one indicator of Marco Rubio’s star power: the Florida Republican Senate candidate has not even won his election, but he’s already heading to a key state in the presidential nominating process.

Rubio will join Sen. Jim DeMint, one of his political patrons, for a three-city tour of South Carolina on March 15 to “promote common sense ideas and new conservative leadership,” a GOP source in the state told CNN Monday.

DeMint aides will also launch a new Web site – – to promote the tour starting Tuesday. DeMint broke with his GOP colleagues in the Senate last summer to endorse Rubio in his GOP primary battle against Gov. Charlie Crist. The conservative senator also introduced Rubio before the rising star’s speech last Thursday to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

I like the idea of DeMint taking the young candidate under his wing, showing him the ropes and helping him with his election.  But not surprising, not everyone feels that way:

The Crist campaign was quick to pounce on the news of Rubio’s out-of-state foray.

“It is remarkable that the New York Times cover boy is already testing out a key Presidential primary state instead of focusing on the voters he’s asking to elect him,” said Crist spokeswoman Amanda Hennenberg in a statement e-mailed to reporters. (Rubio was featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine earlier this year.)

“It’s disappointing that Speaker Rubio’s new found fame would lead him to so quickly forget Floridians. Slowly but surely, we are seeing more of who the real Marco Rubio is – someone who routinely puts politics and political aspirations (and in this case South Carolina) above the people.”

Hmmm, let’s take a brief look at Crist’s schedule shall we?

Monday, February 22, 2010
GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST (R-FL) – Candidate for Senate with Special Guest Senator George LeMieux (R-FL)
Fundraising Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Hosts: Christopher Nassetta, CEO of Hilton Worldwide
Cost: $2,500 Per Person/PAC Co-Host, $1,000 Per Person/PAC General

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
GOVERNOR CHARLIE CRIST (R-FL) – Candidate for Senate
Fundraising Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.
Location: TBD, Downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hosts: Steve Burke and Manny Stamatakis
Cost: $1,000 Per Person

This is in addition to his previous fundraisers here, there and everywhere including Atlanta and Aspen.  So is Charlie the pot or the kettle?  And is it just me or did that “New York Times cover boy” crack sound a bit, well, catty.

For the latest poll results out of Florida check here.