Florida Newspaper Demands Marco Rubio Show Up For Senate Votes Or Resign

| by Robert Fowler
Sen. Marco Rubio.Sen. Marco Rubio.

The Sun Sentinel, one of the most prominent Florida newspapers, released a scathing editorial criticizing Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.

Reviewing that the Florida senator has been disinterested in casting votes in Congress, the newspaper concludes that Rubio is “ripping off” the people of Florida and that he should resign.

Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, has announced that he will not seek another term in the senate. Voicing his frustration with the congressional gridlock, the senator allegedly “hates” his job, according to The Washington Post.

The Florida senator had proposed ambitious legislation throughout his first term but saw all of them fail to pass due to partisan politics.

After having his debt-cutting proposals, immigration reform and AGREE Act struck down, Rubio has vocally become disillusioned with his position and has skipped a third of Senate votes in 2015, The Washington Post reports.

In response, The Sun Sentinel published an editorial on Oct. 27, calling for Rubio’s resignation, The New York Times reports.

“You are paid $174,000 per year to represent us, to fight for us, to solve our problems,” the newspaper team writes. “You are ripping us off, senator.”

The Sun Sentinel argued that while Rubio has stopped exercising his duties as a senator, he has been using his position as a platform for his presidential ambitions, according to CNN.

"By choosing to stay in the Senate and get the publicity, perks and pay that go with the position — without doing the work — you are taking advantage of us,” the editorial states.  "Your job is to represent Floridians in the Senate. Either do your job, Sen. Rubio, or resign it.

"Sorry, senator, but Floridians sent you to Washington to do a job. We've got serious problems with clogged highways, eroding beaches, flat Social Security checks and people who want to shut down the government," the Sun Sentinel writes. "If you hate your job, senator, follow the honorable lead of House Speaker John Boehner and resign it."

The Sun Sentinel had previously endorsed Rubio when he ran for senate in 2010, The New York Times reports.

Sources: CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr