Florida Senator Marco Rubio is running for reelection and he is being hit hard for his Senate attendance. Earlier this month his Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy released his first television ad attacking Rubio and it was pretty brilliant.
The ad features a bunch of kids playing the game Marco Polo in a pool. After showing one of the children sneaking away from the pool, Murphy says,”It’s not a game when our senator doesn’t show up.”
During the Republican presidential primary Rubio was attacked over and over again for his abysmal Senate attendance. According to Politifact, Rubio missed 77 of 263 roll call votes from March 2015 through March 2016– that is an absentee rate of 41 percent. When Rubio’s campaign was asked about his deplorable attendance, spokeswoman Brooke Sammon told the Tampa Bay Times that is was perfectly fine because he missed most of those votes after he announced his bid for the presidency:
It’s not unusual for presidential candidates to miss Senate votes. Sen. Rubio remains fully engaged in the issues important to Florida and helping Floridians, and as he travels the country to talk about his agenda to help the middle class, there will be no doubt where he stands on any important issues before the Senate.
Apparently, his campaign didn’t understand that where he stands on issues doesn’t make a damn bit of difference when he is failing to actually vote for what is important. If an average American missed work 41 percent of the time, we would be fired.
Murphy, however, is a member of Florida’s House of Representatives and he has a voting record of 97 percent. The state congressman has managed to show up and do his job even as he runs for federal office. The attack ad concludes with the Democrat saying,”Florida needs a full-time senator,” and he is absolutely right. As a Florida resident I am not interested in electing a senator who put his own political aspirations above the well-being of my state and my country. As an American I am not interested in paying the salary of a person who does not show up for work.
Watch the ad below:
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