Opinion

Who is Marco Rubio?

Who is Marco Rubio? This is the question so many Floridians ask today. Republicans claim that he is a “Reagan Conservative.” Tea Partiers claim that he is one of them: anti-incumbent and opposed to Big Government.

Seriously, who is Mr. Rubio? Born in Miami to Cuban parents, he attended the University of Florida for his undergraduate degree but came to Miami for his law degree.  After interning for Ileana-Ros Lehtenen’s campaign, he served as a County Commissioner in West Miami.

In 2000, he was elected to the Florida legislature, soon to become a powerful and controversial House Speaker. His buddy David Rivera quickly became a powerful enforcer for him in the House, punishing Democrats who did not agree with the right-leaning court.

Rubio preaches conservatism, but when it comes down to personal spending, he is extravagant. Rubio has run up large expenses (over $50,000) on his Republican Party credit card, which he has declined to disclose. He ran up large expenses traveling in a private plane across the state and asking to be reimbursed.

According to a Central Florida newspaper, Rubio admitted to double-billing taxpayers for his expensive flights.  Recently, Rubio had a $134 haircut on taxpayers’ dime, unfathomable to many concerned taxpayers. The money Rubio spends does not completely leave his spheres of influence. He has spent over $13,000 on escort services and car rental services that went directly to his wife’s family.

Rubio has failed to address 20% of the money he has spent on the campaign, and now the IRS has decided to investigate his spending. Despite the generous campaign donations he receives from U.S. Sugar, the GOP, other lobbyists, and companies trying to take advantage of his candidacy, Rubio himself faces financial need. A home co-owned with House candidate David Rivera has fallen into foreclosure. Rubio reports his net worth as less than $8,400, despite receiving almost $400,000 in wages a year.

Clearly, all these facts do not add up. If you truly want a fiscally responsible candidate in office, Marco Rubio is not your man.

Jordan Lewis is the public relations chair for UM’s Young and College Democrats. He may be contacted at jlewis@themiamihurricane.com.

October 19, 2010

Reporters

Jordan Lewis


Around the Web
  • Miami Herald
  • UM News
  • Error

Football season is nearly upon us. The University of Miami’s 2017 fall camp opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday ...

In an age in which committing once to a college football program isn’t always enough for fans and co ...

A six-pack of Canes notes: • It’s just different at UM – the camaraderie, the brotherhood, the desir ...

University of Miami football coach Mark Richt’s spin through the ESPN Car Wash on Tuesday began with ...

University of Miami legendary receiver Michael Irvin is no doubt relieved, as likely is UM football ...

University of Miami students and researchers are blogging during a month-long expedition in the Gulf ...

Looking back on 15 years of the University of Miami Business Plan Competition, hosted by the School ...

Read the latest entries from UM students who are spending part or all of their summer visiting diffe ...

Value in the Era of Analytics ...

Summer Creative Writing Camp Inspires Young Writers to Release Their Emotions Onto the Page. ...

RSS Error: A feed could not be found at http://www.hurricanesports.com/. A feed with an invalid mime type may fall victim to this error, or SimplePie was unable to auto-discover it.. Use force_feed() if you are certain this URL is a real feed.

TMH Twitter Feed
About TMH

The Miami Hurricane is the student newspaper of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. The newspaper is edited and produced by undergraduate students at UM and is published weekly on Thursdays during the regular academic year.