Team Rubio’s flailing efforts to come up with any successes Marco Rubio has had in the Senate have been on center stage this week after his new-found surrogate Rick Santorum failed — multiple times — to name a single accomplishment that Rubio’s had on the job.
SCARBOROUGH: Can you name his top accomplishment in the Senate? Actually working in the Senate, doing something that tilted your decision to Marco Rubio?
SANTORUM: You know, here’s what I would say about that. My feeling on Marco is someone that has tremendous potential, tremendous gifts. If you look at being a minority in the United States Senate, in four years where nothing got done I guess it’s hard to say there are accomplishments. You tell me, what happened in those four years that were an accomplishments for anybody? It was complete gridlock.
SCARBOROUGH: I could list some things that got happened but I’m not defending the Congress. I’m not being difficult here, I’m just asking you to list one accomplishment that Marco Rubio — list accomplishment — just one — that Marco achieved, maybe a bill that he wrote? Maybe a moment in a committee?
SANTORUM: I know he included something that went after the insurance companies in the most recent omnibus. I know that he fought for that to stop bailing out insurance companies. That’s one thing that I’m familiar with that I just saw recently. And again, he was on the campaign trail and accomplished that. The bottom line is, there isn’t a whole lot of accomplishments, Joe and I just don’t think it’s a fair question.
Unfortunately for Marco Rubio, his lack of accomplishment points to the Florida Senator’s larger problem of absenteeism and habit of always looking for a new way to climb the political ladder instead of doing his job. It’s almost as though he loves the job titles but hates working for them:
- In the last several months alone, Rubio’s skipped important Foreign Relations Committee hearings to attend fundraisers, missing classified committee meetings on topics such as Paris attacks and North Korea — he postponed a fundraiser to scramble back to DC for the latter briefing, but only managed to catch the last 20 minutes.
- NBC reported this week that Rubio missed 30% of the classes he was required to teach as a part-time professor at Florida International University. Not only was his billionaire benefactor, Norman Braman, personally funding the semi-show FIU position, Rubio was also paid tens of thousands more than other part-time professors and at a comparable rate to his full-time co-teacher.
Published: Feb 6, 2016