Published: Feb 04, 2011 12:14 AM EST
Updated: Feb 03, 2011 7:36 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Republican Senator Marco Rubio will be in Naples Friday for his first public meeting with voters since taking office earlier this year.

The senator will meet with constituents at the Naples Area Board of Realtors, 1455 Pine Ridge Road, at 2:00 tomorrow afternoon.

Rubio said he chose Southwest Florida because of the seasonal swell in population.  Rubio said it gives him a chance to hear not only from fellow Floridians, but from other voters all across the country.

Senator Rubio won office thanks, in part, to the backing he received from Tea Party voters.  But Rubio says he will not follow the lead of several other lawmakers in joining a Tea Party caucus.

"The Tea Party movement was an important part of our campaign," Rubio told WINK News.  "But that's because it was a movement, not an organization."

"I'm worried that now some in Washington, DC, see this as an opportunity to wrap themselves in the label of a movement," he said.

"Once this becomes a Washington-based thing, as opposed to a grassroots-based thing, that's the beginning of the end for what is a very important voice in American politics," he said.