Capitol Police are investigating what has been called a “credible threat” against Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and have placed the Senator under police protection in Washington, D.C.
Chief Nelson Andrew of the West Miami Police confirmed the “watch order” for Rubio’s West Miami residence, saying the extra protection began Tuesday afternoon, and the Miami Herald reported a “uniformed cruiser” was parked outside his home Tuesday night.
Police officials have said there is an “open and joint investigation” but have not released any details about the investigation, or the nature of the threat.
The FBI and the Senator’s office have both declined to comment, Fox News reported Wednesday.
Rubio, a Tea Party favorite, recently stirred national debate with a new proposal that would grant some illegal immigrants the right to work in the U.S., Fox News reported.
Fox added that Rubio “opposes immigration reform measures that would not first secure the border and more strictly enforce the laws already in place,” and the Senator has said Arizona’s immigration law is not a model for the rest of the country and would not work in Florida.
The Cuban-American and freshman lawmaker has frequently been mentioned as a potential running mate for likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney — and a way for the Republican Party to improve its current standing with Hispanic voters.
If Rubio is selected to be Romney’s running mate, he will be afforded around-the-clock Secret Service protection.
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