Reid Calls on Rubio to Resign
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is calling on Sen. Marco Rubio to resign.
Rubio has become mired in controversy after it was revealed that he missed the most Senate votes of any Senator.
“Why shouldn’t he [resign]? He hates the Senate,” Reid said in an interview with POLITICO on Thursday. “Why should the taxpayers of this country and people of Florida put up with having only one senator? Doesn’t seem fair to me.”
During Wednesday’s GOP debate, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush criticized Rubio, calling on him to resign from the Senate if he doesn’t have the willpower to serve the people who elected him.
Reid claimed that Rubio should be ashamed of himself for his poor performance as a Senator.
“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 responded to Reid’s comments by saying: “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.”
“It’s obvious that Democrat leaders are very worried that Marco will beat Clinton next year,” Conant added.
But Reid defended President Barack Obama, arguing that while he was running for the presidency in 2008 and missing votes, “he never lost interest in the Senate.”
“He was always proud of being in the Senate, always, when he was running for president,” Reid said. “He told everybody how much he enjoyed the Senate.”
Not all Senate Democrats are taking up Reid’s call for Rubio to step down.
“I’ve stayed out of that. Rubio is my friend and so I’m not going to get into the back and forth,” said Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida.
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