Not only does the United States Republican Senator from Florida, Marco Rubio, not show up to work very often these days, but in a stunning report from the Washington Post late Sunday evening, Sen. Rubio “hates” his job. Rubio had been missing votes, he says, because he is running for President of the United States. On Sunday, a defensive Rubio defended his voting record and his absences from nearly one third of Senate votes this past year. Rubio denied he was being hypocritical because he called for delinquent federal workers to be fired. “Everyone needs to run their own campaign,” Rubio told CNN’s Jamie Gangel in an interview that aired Sunday on “State of the Union.” “I’m not missing votes because I’m on vacation.”
In defending himself, Rubio told CNN’s Gangel, “I was just there this Tuesday. I got fully briefed and caught up on everything that’s happening in the world. I’m fully aware.”
Rubio’s voting attendance record in the Senate this year is the worst and his 2016 rivals have attacked that record. Even Donald Trump noticed something and a defensive Sen. Rubio responded, “I’m missing votes because I am leaving the Senate. I am not running for reelection.” Trump rubbed more salt in the wound by calling Rubio a “lightweight senator” in a tweet last month.
Rubio said in an interview, “I’m frustrated.” Rubio is frustrated after less than one term in office and frustrated by the “too slow” and “too rule-bound” processes.
It was just last week that Rubio wanted action on a bill he sponsored: S.1082 – Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability Act of 2015. During that debate and prior to the vote, Sen. Rubio said on the Senate floor, “All we’re saying in this bill is, if you work at the VA, and you aren’t doing your job, they get to fire you. In this instance, we are just limiting it to one agency, this should actually be the rule in the entire government; if you don’t do your job you should be fired.” Rubio continued, “In this instance, we’re just limiting it to one agency. This should actually be the rule in the entire government. If you’re not doing your job, you should be fired.” Sen. Rubio was widely criticized for the remarks on social media and in the mainstream press. There were calls for Rubio to step down from the U.S. Senate.
For the time, Rubio will stay in place and continue running for president. If elected President of the United States, would Rubio “hate” his job too? Would Rubio find the presidency “too slow” and “too rule-bound.”? The odds are that is an issue Rubio will not have to worry about any time soon, since voters would like to see a little more “enthusiasm” and “energy” from its presidential candidates.