Marco Rubio, Florida’s 39-year-old senator-elect, now faces the challenge of managing expectations, Politico reported Sunday.
The Miami politician, called “the Great Right Hope” and “the Republican Obama” by national media, will arrive in Washington, D.C., with a level of fanfare that rivals the amount Hillary Clinton received in 2000, when she was elected to the U.S. Senate from New York.
“Potential only gets you so far. Eventually, you have to actually do something,” Rubio strategist Todd Harris told Politico. “His goal in Washington is not to be that guy that people point to and say, ‘He’s got potential.’ His goal is to come to Washington and work overtime to fulfill the promises that he made to the people of Florida.”