Rubio's Tampa office gets the boot after protesters repeatedly pack the sidewalk

A protest event on January 9, where activists urged Rubio to vote against Rex Tillerson, Trump's secretary of State pick. Despite himself expressing skepticism about Tillerson, Rubio did not heed their pleas. - Kate Bradshaw
Kate Bradshaw
A protest event on January 9, where activists urged Rubio to vote against Rex Tillerson, Trump's secretary of State pick. Despite himself expressing skepticism about Tillerson, Rubio did not heed their pleas.

Protesters that have been packing the sidewalk outside the building that houses Sen. Marco Rubio's Tampa office are about to be without a venue, at least for now.

The Tampa Bay Times' Tony Marrero reported Tuesday that the U.S. Senator's staff have been asked to vacate the office building at 5201 Kennedy Blvd., a small satellite office on the building's fifth floor staffed by one or two people, to which senatorial visits could probably be counted on one hand if at all. 

The reason? The protesters, Marrero writes.

Rubio's office was reportedly renting month to month after the lease expired in December. But when activists following the Indivisible guide decided to regularly confront him on a range of issues, including how he should vote on Trump appointees like Betsy DeVos and Rex Tillerson, the frequent events were disruptive for the building's other tenants.

They had been regularly showing up to his office even before his reelection, but the number of office visits drastically stepped up in frequency in the wake of Trump's election, to the point where such events took place there at least once a week.

Some were even threatened with trespass citations when they refused to leave the office earlier this month.

There's no word yet on where the satellite office is relocating, or if it even will. Rubio's got similar offices throughout the state, and the Tampa leg served west-central Florida constituents.

A Rubio staffer told Marrero in an emailed statement they're actively looking for new office space" and that constituents could call 866-630-7106 if they had any questions or concerns.

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