An aide to Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) tells POLITICO “that he’s still mulling whether to join the official Tea Party caucus on Capitol Hill.”
“Senator Rubio is proud of his relationship with the tea party movement and shares its commitment to tackling the debt, defending the free enterprise system and restoring our limited government tradition,” said Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos. “He simply has not made any decisions about any caucus memberships.”
Another tea party favorite of 2010 election cycle, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), announced Friday that the first meeting of the Senate Tea Party Caucus will be held later this month. The inaugural Jan. 27 meeting, which will be open to the public, is expected to feature Paul, Utah Sen. Mike Lee and South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint as guests.
The Senate Tea Party Caucus “is not expected to wield significant power like its counterpart in the House, given that senators have great individual authority to stop legislation on their own and do not need a large group of members to block movement on a bill.”