GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio bragged about his West Miami “blue collar” home and “blue collar” neighborhood last night during the Republican Response to the State of the Union.
Mr. President, I still live in the same working-class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren’t millionaires. They’re retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare.
Yeah, except Rubio didn’t bother mentioning he’s trying to leave his blue collar roots. He’s selling his 2,649 square foot home and asking for $675,000.
Oh but it gets better. Marco Rubio’s”working class” nearly-three-quarters-of-a-million-dollar home has a swimming pool, as do the five “blue collar,” Medicare and Social Security-dependent homes surrounding him.
And I checked the local county records, it’s his home:
Here’s Bing map shot of Rubio’s home and his neighbors, you can clearly see Rubio’s pool and four of the neighbors who have pools – the number is actually five neighbors with pools, as you can see in picture below:
Rubio’s neighbors’ homes with pools are in yellow, his home is in red:
But it gets more interesting. I decided to look at the neighbor’s property costs and several of the pool people’s home are similar to Rubio’s. But interestingly, a lot of the other homes in the neighborhood are a lot cheaper, and legitimately blue collar. Rubio, and his clan of 5 pool-sporting neighbors, is not.
So basically, Marco Rubio lives in a luxury enclave of a blue collar neighborhood in which his house has a pool, and is worth a lot of money, and their homes aren’t. He and his neighbors carved out a little white-collar heaven in the middle of blue collar Miami.
Here’s one of Rubio’s pool-owning neighbors – look blue collar to you?
Here’s a better shot of Marco Rubio’s own blue collar patio furniture and swimming pool. Look at the impeccably perfectly trimmed bushes by the pool. I’m sure Senator Rubio slaves away all weekend cutting the bushes just perfectly, as he of course wouldn’t hire someone, since he’s blue collar:
I’m not 100% sure that having the richest home in the neighborhood, with a swimming pool, gives you blue collar bragging rights. Especially when you know you’re leaving.