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Rubio looking for new offices in Jacksonville

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sen. Marco Rubio is on the hunt for a new office in Jacksonville.

His current office is next to the Wolfson Children's Behavioral Health Office, but the building's owner has decided not to renew the senator's lease.

The decision follows protests held in Tampa, where Rubio was pushed out of his lease last week.

Rubio spokeswoman Christina Mandreucci released a statement Monday, saying:

“For the second time in another major region of the state, the unruly behavior of some anti-Trump protestors is making it more inconvenient for Floridians to come to our local office to seek assistance with federal issues. In Jacksonville, these protestors weren't just impacting our two-person office, they were impacting the children being served next door at a pediatric behavioral clinic, which is why we understand the decision not to renew our lease.
Our Tampa and Jacksonville offices are not political or campaign offices. They are small, two-person offices that help Floridians in the region with issues such as Medicare, Social Security and veterans benefits. Just as we are doing in Tampa, our staff in Jacksonville will continue to provide services to Northeast Florida despite not having an office, until a new office space is secured.
Those who disagree with President Trump and Senator Rubio certainly have a right to exercise their First Amendment rights, and most of them have done so in a productive and respectful way. But unfortunately, some of them have chosen to do so in a manner that potentially hinders their fellow Floridians’ ability to receive help from our office."

Rubio's office has a month-to-month lease in the building and Mandreucci said the senator's Jacksonville office will have to move out of the building by April 30.