U.S. taxpayers should sue Sen. Marco Rubio to retrieve back purchase his absence throughout his presidential run, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday within the latest swipe at the Florida senator who announced the other day he’s running for reelection.
“I think Marco Rubio need to be sued to pay off the cash that this administration paid him while he was off messing around, running for president,” Reid told reporters. “Not only did he take those checks, cash every one of them, each month, he wasn’t here and also the state of Florida was missing a senator during that time frame.”
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Reid added: “So Marco Rubio, in my opinion, owes the American taxpayer money and owes people with the state of Florida some time.”
The Florida senator a while back ditched his offers retire with the Senate if he didn’t win the White House. Though he has been active in Senate work since ending his presidential bid, Rubio’s absence from his employment became a problem throughout his 2016 run.
He also missed a different Relations Committee meeting because he was announcing his reelection bid.
Of course, absenteeism among senators running for president isn’t relegated just to Republicans. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who ran for that Democratic nomination nonetheless hasn’t conceded the race, returned for a combination of gun votes a week ago. But those were his first votes since January.
Rubio faces an Aug. 30 primary against wealthy businessman Carlos Beruff. Democrats vying to carry Rubio include Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), that is backed by Reid as well as the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.).
A Rubio spokesman dismissed the criticism: "None of us in Florida cares about Harry Reid’s ramblings, and now we don’t recall him making this argument about Barack Obama whilst missed 64 percent of votes while running for president in 2008, Hillary Clinton who missed 68 percent in 2008, or Bernie Sanders who until yesterday hadn’t voted since January."