Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has missed 23 of the Senate’s 29 votes since the first Republican debate of the 2016 election cycle. For weeks, his opponents have hammered him for his absenteeism, with Jeb Bush’s son suggesting two weeks ago that Rubio “either drop out [of the presidential race] or do something” in the Senate. “We’re paying you to do something,” said Jeb Bush, Jr. “It ain’t run for president.”
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel editorial board agrees.
In a ferocious editorial, the paper makes the same demand. “Marco Rubio should resign, not rip us off.”
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.
If you hate your job, senator, follow the honorable lead of House Speaker John Boehner and resign it.
The editorial notes Rubio’s Senate salary — $174,000 a year — and compares Rubio’s attendance unfavorably with Sens. Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders, both of whom are also running for president but who have not seen the same level of absenteeism. (Since July, Paul has missed 12 of 81 votes; Sanders has missed four.)
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