By Adam Wren (Politico) –
At first glance, Marco Rubio and Jonathan Unverzagt seem to have little in common. Rubio, a 44-year-old U.S. senator and Republican presidential contender from Miami, Florida, gives fiery speeches to large crowds and has racked up some $40 million in campaign commitments. Unverzagt, a plainspoken minister and 52-year-old father of 11 from Onalaska, Wisconsin, delivers weekly sermons to small groups and collects $4,000 in tithes and offerings each Sunday from his congregation of roughly 200 at Christ is Lord Free Lutheran Church. Rubio earns a Senate salary of $174,000. Unverzagt takes home a more modest income of $65,000.
But when Unverzagt, who describes himself as a “fiscal and social conservative,” heard of Rubio’s financial struggles in recent news reports, it struck a familiar chord with him. “The numbers may change a little, but that story is quite common,” he says, especially among his friends and acquaintances. Instead of being appalled at the state of Rubio’s finances, Unverzagt says he empathized.
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