Marco Rubio Is Put Under Police Protection After “Credible Threat” Made Against Him
Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) speaks during a campaign stop with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (L) at Mustang Expediting in Aston, Pennsylvania. Romney continues his campaign as the presumptive GOP candidate the day before the Pennsylvania primary. (AFP /Jessica Kourkounis)
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is the target of a threat deemed credible enough to merit police protection in Washington, D.C., and at his home in West Miami, his office said late Tuesday.
The freshman senator rocketed to national political stardom in recent weeks as he jumped to the top of the shortlist of potential running mates for presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. From CNN to The Daily Show, Rubio has become a staple of cable-news chatter about whether Romney will offer him the spot — and whether he would take it.
But the fame has made him not just a magnet for support and criticism, but now the target of a threat.
Rubio’s office said no additional information about the threat would be released for now. The U.S. Capitol Police and the West Miami Police Department are providing security and investigating.