Is Jeb Pushing ‘Mistress Bomb’ Rubio Story?
It is believed operatives working for Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush are pushing a rumor that rival Marco Rubio fathered a child with a mistress.
The narrative – first published on the little-known website FITS News on December 2nd – claimed a so-called “mistress bomb” was about to explode on the Florida Senator’s campaign in the next 48 hours.
The “female Washington, D.C. lobbyist” was already known by the Rubio campaign, who made her “a focus” of opposition research on the candidate, according to FITS News.
However, that 48-hours deadline has since passed and, as of this writing, no alleged sex scandal has been published in the mainstream press.
According to Buzzfeed writer Kay Coppins, Rubio’s PAC has spent some US$40,000 trying to debunk any rumors of the candidate having either an extramarital affair, or a child out of wedlock.
In the process of debunking the rumors, the PAC found that the rumors go back to Rubio’s 2010 Senate campaign. A constant drip was coming from people who worked in his Tallahassee office, who are now working on the presidential campaign of former Florida governor Jeb Bush. The two are currently vying for the Republican nomination.
Rubio has been happily married to high school sweetheart Jeanette Dousdebes since 1998. They have four children.
While Team Jeb has emphatically denied spreading claims of Rubio’s infidelity, Coppins names two Bush operatives – Ann Herberger, a Miami-based political fundraiser who switched teams from Rubio to Bush, and CNN commentator Ana Navarro, a prominent figure in political circles – as being the main culprits.
FITS News has doubled down on its initial story, now claiming in a follow-up report that several mainstream news outlets have provided them with the names of three additional women alleged to have had an affair with the candidate.
The website claims one person familiar with the Rubio scandal called his philandering “serial,” adding, “he’s going down.”