“YOU ARE RIPPING US OFF, SENATOR”
A Florida newspaper that endorsed Marco Rubio‘s bid for the U.S. Senate in 2010 is now calling on him to resign – accusing him of ripping off Sunshine State residents by missing too many votes.
“You are paid $174,000 per year to represent us, to fight for us, to solve our problems,” the editorial board of The Sun-Sentinel wrote. “Plus you take a $10,000 federal subsidy – declined by some in the Senate – to participate in one of the Obamacare health plans, though you are a big critic of Obamacare.”
“You are ripping us off, senator,” the board concludes.
According to the editorial, Rubio has missed fifty-nine U.S. Senate votes since becoming a presidential candidate. By comparison, U.S. Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Bernie Sanders of Vermont have missed only ten votes during their campaigns for the White House.
“Rubio has missed more votes than any other senator this year,” the editorial added. “His seat is regularly empty for floor votes, committee meetings and intelligence briefings.”
Rubio’s excuse? That his presidential campaign is more important than his U.S. Senate votes … which he has said isn’t
“Voting is not the only part of the Senate job,” Rubio recently told CNN. “I mean, the most important thing a senator does is constituent service. We’re still involved in looking out for Florida’s issues.”
The Sun-Sentinel is having none of that argument, calling it “unpersuasive.”
Most damning to Rubio? The paper pulled a floor speech from two weeks ago in which he ripped workers at the scandal-scarred Veterans Affairs (VA) administration for failing to do their jobs.
“There is really no other job in the country where if you don’t do your job, you don’t get fired,” Rubio said.
Actually the head of the VA did get fired … (well, he resigned).
Ironically, our website’s problem with Rubio isn’t the votes he’s missed … it’s the ones he’s taken.
For example, he was the deciding vote in the U.S. Senate in support of president Barack Obama’s crony capitalist trade deal.
Seriously: Why couldn’t he have bailed during that vote?
This website once viewed Rubio with tremendous promise, but by the time he got around to announcing his presidential bid back in April we were done with him. Looks like other media outlets that once supported him feel the same, albeit for different reasons.