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Rubio ‘constituent’ on Democratic prebuttal call is also a former county Democratic chair

by George Bennett | February 11th, 2013

The Democratic National Committee organized a conference call today to give a preemptive ripping to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio before Rubio delivers the GOP response to President Barack Obama‘s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., were joined on the call by a woman named Annette Capella, billed in an advance press release as a “Medicare recipient from Florida” and introduced by Van Hollen as “one of Sen. Rubio’s own constituents.”

Said Capella: “I’m a senior citizen living in St. John’s County, Florida. Like many Americans, I will sit down in my living room and watch President Obama’s State of the Union speech and Sen. Rubio’s response with great interest. And like many Americans, I want politicians, including my own Sen. Rubio, to stop the partisan bickering and start working toward common goals.”

Using sophisticated journalism techniques (, the Politics column noticed an Annette Capella listed as St. John’s County Democratic chairwoman and asked if the Capella on the call was the same person.

“I stepped down as chair. I’m now state committeewoman,” Capella answered.

A DNC press release afterward described Capella as “a Medicare recipient from Florida and former Chair of the St. Johns County Democratic Party.”

40 Responses to “Rubio ‘constituent’ on Democratic prebuttal call is also a former county Democratic chair”

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    No one will read a thing Senator Rubio states tonight. The press won’t report anything. I am sick and tired of this media bias. Already the Dems are are giving Rubio a “preemptive ripping” before the man opens his mouth! Same article states to Senator Rubio to “stop the partisan bickering”. Same old games.

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