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Marco Rubio’s Spending Spree! Whee!

February 26th, 2010 · 13 Comments

For the past few days, in addition to the tropical produce name calling, Marco Rubio, the GOP candidate for the Senate in Florida, has been getting some heat for his spending ways. Basically, he made some charges to his state GOP American Express card for $133 hair cuts (his hair cut doesn’t look that complicated), some pricey trips to the convenience store, and even a rental car, and repairs to his family mini-van. The Miami Herald has a detailed article about the spending that has been called into question.

Politicians on both the left and the right have been guilty of this kind of spending. We have seen this in California with former assembly speaker Fabian Nuñez spending campaign cash on French wine and Louis Vuitton. This kind of expending should not be excused, and I think that Latino politicians have to be extra careful in not appearing to be “on the take.” And Rubio should be especially careful, as he has been running on the “fiscal conservative” platform and lists “spending” as the first issue on his website (under the “issues” tab). There is also this idea that Miami, where Rubio is from, is a place known for fraud, just google “fraud and Miami” to get an idea. So Rubio and his people should have definitely been on top of any spending that might look questionable in the eyes of the public.

The Democrats in Florida have already jumped on this Rubio “spending spree” with this short ad:

In concluding, I should note that Marco Rubio has agreed to pay back some of the charges to the state GOP, namely some airfare charges that he says were a “mistake.” But what are your thoughts? Should the public forgive and forget or should we be angered that our politicians think that they can get away with these expenditures, especially at the expense of one’s political party or campaign? If you donate to a party or political campaign, how do you expect those dollars to be used?

Tags: Democratic Party · ethics · Fabian Núñez · GOP · Republican Party

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // Feb 26, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    No offense, but this is so minor.

  • 2 webmaster // Feb 26, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    It is minor in the whole scheme of things, but when you give to a politician or a party, do you expect that the $ will go to convenience store purchases or to fancy barber shops? This is what makes people loathe the politicians on both side of the aisle in general. I know that I couldn’t get away with charging my employer car maintenance costs or a trip to the salon.

  • 3 IE // Feb 26, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    the sad part about this type of frivolous spending, is that he was dumb enough to do it in such an obvious way. I mean, most long term politicians at least know how to spend that cash without bringing so much attention to themselves.

    They’re all crooks!

  • 4 Juan // Feb 27, 2010 at 7:17 am

    I don’t see how this is minor. The guy is tarring Charlie Crist because of his support for the stimulus while at the same time living the good life on other peoples’ money?

    This is like when Newt was attacking Clinton’s morals for his affair while Newt had a sexual relationship outside his marriage, too.

  • 5 Anna // Feb 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Re: ” but when you give to a politician or a party, do you expect that the $ will go to convenience store purchases or to fancy barber shops? ”

    There is no such thing as a fancy barbershop. When you donate money, part of it is used to run the campaign, and that includes food, clothes, grooming, etc. Again, this is minor.

    The media always come up with these stories when the candidate comes from a group the media deems ‘other.’ They did it with Clinton and his 200 dollar haircut, Sarah Palin’s clothes, Fabian Nunez and his bottle of wine, etc

    Meanwhile they ignore the millions in campaign funds that Arnold takes from corporations, and how those corporations have taken over CA. They ignored Edwards’s use of campaign funds to pay off his mistress, etc.

    Rubio’s positions on the issues and his willingness to scapegoat immigrants are the most troubling things about him. Who cares how much GOP money he wastes. I hope he spends it all.

  • 6 Reyfeo // Feb 28, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Are you kidding? More crap on minor issues…lets talk about Pelosi flying around spending thousands in tax money because she refuses to get on a plane like the rest of us normal people…same with Obama, this POTUS likes to make up meetings across the globe to get a vacation out of it…and what about Charlie Rangel? Like I said, crap about a good Latino making a good run at the Senate…take your biased investigation and redirect it to the center of Califas (or any Latino Democrat for that matter) and you’ll find a whole mess of Latino Democrats who like to screw the tax payer…probably why this country is going broke!
    I said it before when Rubio popped up as a up and coming fresh face in the Republican party, he’s the new wave of Latinos; conservative Latinos like myself who’ve had a enough of liberalist policies. “Get used to it!”

  • 7 Anna // Feb 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Re: “lets talk about Pelosi flying around spending thousands in tax money because she refuses to get on a plane like the rest of us normal people”

    She’s Speaker of the House, and third in line for the Presidency. She travels the way she does for security reasons. Your complaint about Pelosi is just as trivial as the ones about Rubio.

    And the country is going broke because the corporations are looting it. The crooks on Wall St are buying off state and city assets (with TARP money) and then charging states and cities rent to use them. Arnold went after the Orange County fairgrounds, and Los Angeles is being pressured to sell the Convention Center and the Zoo. They also want to sell of our parking garages to some private company that will raise fees.

    Democracy depends on an informed citizenry and we don’t really have that anymore. That does not bode well for the future.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2010/feb/24/business/la-fi-hiltzik24-2010feb24

    “To everyone who claims that our wealthiest citizens pay more than their fair share of income taxes and we should cut them a break because they’re the ones who, you know, create jobs in our economy, I have four words for you:

    Frank and Jamie McCourt.

    The McCourts, who own the Los Angeles Dodgers (so she says; he says he’s the owner and she’s not), jointly pocketed income totaling $108 million from 2004 through 2009, according to documents Jamie McCourt recently filed in the couple’s divorce case in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

    On that sum, they paid zero federal and state income tax…”

  • 8 chalan // Mar 2, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Reyfeo, I didn’t realize that Reagan and Bushie the 2nd were liberal democrats. They are responsible for the largest spending and deficits this country has ever seen. In fact Bushie spent more in his eight years then all previous presidents combined and accomplished less. The problem with up and coming fresh republican faces is that they all look like the old republican faces doing the same old tricks. The democrats aren’t much better. I am joining the lets vote them all out of congress movement and give Obama a new congress to work with. He is the only one working and doing his job. Watch Reyfeo have a mother of all knee jerks to this last statement.

  • 9 Anna // Mar 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Re: “He is the only one working and doing his job.”

    He’s working for Wall St.

  • 10 chalan // Mar 3, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    NO Anna, not you! Reyfeo! But he is still working…,. Give him credit for that.

  • 11 Reyfeo // Mar 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Chalan, I won’t defend Bush, no need to, really, just can’t/won’t…so lets move to the present day…your love for Barack has blinded your vision. Not sure where you’ve been lately but your/this POTUS has out spent the last three Presidents all combined…throw in the crappy health care bill and he wins hands down and will most likely go down as the president who doomed this great country through excessive/wasteful spending…you can say he’s subpar Carter.
    Also, how you can say this POTUS is the only one doing his job is well, ASSININE and quite frankly absurd. Open your eys, he’s been working for the big wigs in the banking business and has sold out to the unions…not any real focus on creating jobs.
    But back to Rubio…I find it funny how it really burns you that one of our own is making headway in the ranks of the Republican party…sorry carnal, we’re not all for gay marriage, abortion or open borders…maybe that’s your ticket, but you should know, and perhaps that’s what chafes you’re a##, most Latinos don’t play that game, Rubio is a prime example of that…like I said “get used to it.”

  • 12 Anna // Mar 4, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Chalan:

    I’ll give him credit when he actually does something besides funnel taxpayer money to Wall St.

    Meanwhile, he does nothing about home foreclosures, unemployment, education funding, immigration, constitutional issues, the plight of Hispanic farmers who have discriminated against by the Dept. of Agriculture, etc.

    The health care bill he’s trying to pass lacks single payer or a public option, and he keeps watering it down more and more to please Republicans who aren’t going to vote for it anyway.

    And don’t compare him to Carter. Carter had convictions.

    Look, nobody expects Obama to have already cleaned up the mess that Bush made, but he should at least be moving in the right direction.

  • 13 Reyfeo // Mar 4, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Ok Anna, for you I’ll take back the Carter comment, after all you just convinced me Carter had more backbone (wow, can’t believe I just said that!?!)…but I disagree with the clean-up comment, I mean really we’ve been here a year and some months now and the Great Obama hasn’t done a thing except spend more money then GW, Clinton, Bush Sr and Reagan if he passes this thing called Health Reform. Oh yeah, he has managed to pi$$ off America with giving terrorist DOJ appointed lawyers and most of NY for that matter, and he’s paid off SEIU (and every other special interest group who helped him get into office—ACORN) with tons of $$ you, I and our great grandkids will be paying for ever (that’s up until we file Chapter 13 with the Chinese). But I digress.

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