For a guy who says he has more foreign policy experience than Hillary Clinton, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) missed a lot of the meetings that would have actually backed up that claim. Alex Leary at the Tampa Bay Times looks into the record.
A new, sweeping review of all committees Rubio has sat on since taking office in 2011 paints a bleak picture of participation in the day-to-day responsibilities of the job.
Rubio is on the Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Commerce and Small Business and Entrepreneurship committees. The Florida Republican has missed 68 percent of hearings, or 407 of 598 for which records were available.
His skipped 80 percent of Commerce hearings and 85 percent of those held by Small Business, records show.
He has missed 60 percent of Foreign Relations hearings since joining the Senate despite making his committee experience a centerpiece of his qualifications for president.
He attended 68 percent of Intelligence Committee meetings, though that’s based on 19 hearings for which records are available. The bulk, 245, were classified so records are unattainable.
The figures are through November 2015, and Rubio’s absenteeism has only worsened as he has hit the campaign trail full-time. He already has the worst missed-vote record of any current senator.
“Although scheduling conflicts, personal commitments and the demands of a presidential campaign have resulted in him not having perfect attendance in his committee work, he has also rarely if ever missed committee votes in the four committees he has served on,” spokesman Alex Burgos said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
Nice try, dude. His record speaks for itself, and, oh by the way, so does he: he hates the Senate.
“I don’t know that ‘hate’ is the right word,” Rubio said in an interview. “I’m frustrated.”
Oh, well, excuse me. But he really doesn’t give a shit about it anymore because, hey, he’s running for president, and that’s a cushy job compared to being just a senator.
“That’s why I’m missing votes. Because I am leaving the Senate. I am not running for reelection,” Rubio said in the last Republican debate, after Donald Trump had mocked him for his unusual number of absences during Senate votes.
Sorry, but the people of Florida voted him into that senate seat to do a job and now he’s just burning off vacation time. And now he’s sucking wind in the polls. He has picked up some nice endorsements, including Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, but endorsements don’t win elections, and just because the Republican Party establishment is coming around to him doesn’t mean much in this primary; right now the two biggest names in both parties are the anti-party candidates.
If by some freak accident both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz implode (or Trump is hauled off by the Inquisition) and John Kasich gives up, leaving the field to Marco Rubio will require him to actually work for the job. And his record so far shows that he’s a slacker and a quitter. Hey, he could pick that former governor from Alaska as his running mate; they’d be perfect together: between the two of them, they add up to one full term.