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?