First-term Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), congressional quitter and presidential candidate, has missed more votes than any other senator in the current Congress. Telling Jeb Bush that other people missed votes years ago doesn’t change that.
Besides, Mr. Rubio says, he isn’t playing hooky, he’s a rebel, an outsider.
“When pressed on CNN’s State of the Union about why he’s missed so many votes, the senator explained a lot of them ‘won’t mean anything’ and will ultimately go nowhere or get vetoed by Obama. But isn’t that a bit hypocritical, since Rubio just declared that federal workers who don’t perform their jobs should be able to be fired? ‘Voting is not the only part of the Senate job. The most important thing a senator does is constituent service,’ Rubio explained, adding that he still attends intelligence briefings. ‘I’m not missing votes because I’m on vacation,’ he said. ‘I’m running for president so that the votes they take in the Senate are actually meaningful again.'”
— “Marco Rubio Is Skipping Senate Votes Because He’s a Washington Outsider,” Margaret Hartmann, New York Magazine
“Marco Rubio Missed Intel Hearing Just Days Before Defending Attendance Record,” Sam Stein, Huffington Post
“Rubio gives up on Senate: ‘He hates it,’” David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post
“Florida Newspaper to Rubio: Do Your Job or Resign,” Matthew Fleming, Roll Call
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