Rabid supporter of Cuban dictatorship might be next Speaker of the House

Rep. Tom Emmer in Havana, with close friends

From our Bureau of Skeletons in the Closet with some assistance from our Bureau of Suicidal Politics

This is not fake news or a bad joke. Republican infighting in the House of Representatives has turned into a circular firing squad. As the U.S. sinks deeper into chaos and the world teeters on the edge of a major war, Republicans keep squabbling instead of rallying together.

And, to top it off, it seems that a great friend of Castro, Inc. might end up being third in line to the Oval Office. Happy Halloween.

From Florida Politics

Emmer once buddied up with Barack Obama and other Dems on Cuba issues, a big no-no in South Florida.

In politics, there are always skeletons lurking, waiting to jump out of the closet. 

For U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, who is running for House Speaker amid chaos on Capitol Hill following the ouster of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, that skeleton hails from Cuba and parties with the Obamas. 

Already you might be catching the drift — the Florida congressional delegation, overwhelmingly red, isn’t likely to take kindly to this particular revelation. 

Way back in 2015 — admittedly a lifetime ago in political years — Emmer filed the Cuba Trade Act of 2015 that would have lifted the Cuba trade embargo, allowing businesses in the private sector to trade freely with Cuba. 

He introduced it with a Democrat from Tampa, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor

Strange bedfellows indeed. But it gets even more strange. 

Emmer joined former President Barack Obama and Sen. Amy Klobuchar on a Cuba trip the next year, the first time a sitting President had visited the island nation since Calvin Coolidge in 1928, according to a press release announcing the trip. 

When introducing the 2015 legislation, which then Speaker John Boehner strongly opposed without significant changes to the Cuban government, Emmer called it “a new and exciting chapter for the U.S.” He went on to say the legislation would “improve our position within the region, giving the U.S. a seat at the table and increased leverage” to support “political transformations.”

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