One of Florida’s most prominent newspapers is calling on Senator Marco Rubio to quit ripping them off and resign.
The Sun-Sentinel begins by declaring that Rubio hates his job, writing: “After five years in the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio does not like his job. A long-time friend told The Washington Post ‘he hates it.’ Rubio says hate might be too strong a word, but he sure acts like he hates his job.”
The board continued, noting that Rubio “has missed more votes than any other senator this year. His seat is regularly empty for floor votes, committee meetings and intelligence briefings. He says he’s MIA from his J-O-B because he finds it frustrating and wants to be president, instead.”
Quoting Rubio from a Sunday CNN interview, “I’m not missing votes because I’m on vacation; I’m running for president so that the votes they take in the Senate are actually meaningful again, ” the Sun-Sentinel called on Rubio to resign.
“Sorry, senator, but Floridians sent you to Washington to do a job. We’ve got serious problems with clogged highways, eroding beaches, flat Social Security checks and people who want to shut down the government,” they wrote, adding: “If you hate your job, senator, follow the honorable lead of House Speaker John Boehner and resign it. Let us elect someone who wants to be there and earn an honest dollar for an honest day’s work. Don’t leave us without one of our two representatives in the Senate for the next 15 months or so.”
Turning to Obamacare, the editorial board called out Rubio’s hypocrisy, writing:
You are paid $174,000 per year to represent us, to fight for us, to solve our problems. 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. True, it’s not easy to raise money and run a presidential campaign while doing your day job. But two other candidates — Sens. Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders — have missed only 10 Senate votes during their campaigns for the White House. You, on the other hand, have missed 59, according to a tally by Politico. This includes votes on the Keystone pipeline, the Export-Import Bank and trade, to name just a few.
Turning to Rubio’s candidacy for the Republican nomination, the Sun-Sentinel eviscerated him, writing:
It is unpersuasive — and incredible, really — that you say your vote doesn’t matter. “Voting is not the most important part of the job,” you told CNN.
And it is unconscionable that when it comes to intelligence matters, including briefings on the Iran nuclear deal, you said, “we have a staffer that’s assigned to intelligence who gets constant briefings.”
And you want us to take you seriously as a presidential candidate?
The editorial concludes by calling directly for Rubio’s resignation:
By choosing to stay in the Senate and get the publicity, perks and pay that go with the position — without doing the work — you are taking advantage of us.
Jeb Bush is right to call you out. “What are high standards worth if we don’t apply them to ourselves?” our former governor said in August. “Consider a pattern in Congress of members who sometimes seem to regard attendance and voting as optional — something to do as time permits.”
Your job is to represent Floridians in the Senate.
Either do your job, Sen. Rubio, or resign it.