Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid became the latest of several to call for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is running to win the Republican nomination for president, to resign from the Senate.
“Why shouldn’t he [resign]? He hates the Senate,” Reid said of Rubio, who has had a number of no-shows on his voting record since launching his campaign for the White House.
“Why should the taxpayers of this country and people of Florida put up with having only one senator? Doesn’t seem fair to me.”
Both Democrats and Republicans have criticized Rubio for his attendance record, and South Florida's prominent Sun Sentinel newspaper called for him to give up his seat. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is also a candidate, attacked Rubio for his record during the most recent GOP debate.
“For Marco Rubio here to dump on the Senate, this institution established by our founding fathers, he should be ashamed of himself,” Reid said. “And the people of Florida, why they put up with it, I don’t know. They damn sure aren’t getting their money’s worth.”
Rubio spokesman Alex Conant subsequently responded to the attacks from Reid.
“I must have forgotten Harry Reid similarly calling on Barack Obama to resign the Senate when he missed even more votes to run for president,” Conant said. “It's obvious that Democrat leaders are very worried that Marco will beat Clinton next year.”