Washington DC—The US Senate is considered the world’s elite bastion of power and prestige, but not to Marco Rubio. The second Cuban American elected to the high office; the Miamian was a rising young star in the Republican party. Now he is seen as a malcontent who has missed more votes than nearly 75% of Senators and complains about having to show up in Washington to do his job. On Twitter he recently told the world, "Woke up at 5 am to a 3 am email that my 8:30 am flight was canceled. But they rebooked me on an 8 pm flight tomorrow night with one connection. Now in DC for the joy that is 'vote a rama' on a garbage bill." The Inflation Reduction Act he was deriding was passed in the Senate without his vote or any Republican support. The IRA will address climate change and create good-paying jobs, lower prescription drug costs, and make sure that the wealthiest Americans and big corporations pay their fair share of taxes. It delivers the relief Americans badly needed and Rubio voted against it.
“Marco Rubio complains about going to work and when he shows up, he votes against capping the price of insulin for Floridians. Florida, we deserve better,” says Democratic challenger Val Demings, a Congresswoman. Florida voters seem to be thinking the same thing and are aware of Rubio’s disinterest in serving them. In two recent credible polls, Demings tied Rubio at 45% and 46% respectively. That raises several red flags. Demings was trailing Rubio by 6-8 points a few months ago. And, Rubio has fallen below 50%, more bad news.
Even before his failed attempt at the Republican nomination for President, Rubio talked of his disenchantment with the Senate and declared he would not run for reelection only to put his name on the ballot. He was such a prolific flip-flopper, and CNN kept count. His record is 9 times.
In one of his promises to walk away from the US Senate Rubio said, “I have only said like 10000 times I will be a private citizen in January.” Looks like Val Demings is going to help him keep his word this time.