Today is a no good, horrible, very bad day for Republican U.S. Sen. (and presidential hopeful) Marco Rubio.
First, the Sun-Sentinel started the day off by blasting him for accepting "the publicity, perks and pay that go with the position" of being a U.S. Senator without doing the work. The paper points out that Rubio, a vocal Obamacare critic, collects a $174,000 salary, then also accepts a $10,000 Obamacare subsidy to participate in one of the reviled program's health plans. It also notes that he's missed more votes than any other senator this year and that insiders say he's MIA because he hates his job. The paper says Rubio is "ripping us off" and calls for his resignation. Ouch. You can read the complete editorial here.
A little later in the day, Democratic U.S. Rep. (and Senate hopeful seeking Rubio's seat) Alan Grayson saw this as a politically advantageous moment. He called on Rubio to resign. "Marco Rubio has already quit on the people of Florida. His resignation simply makes that official. And when he does, I will say good riddance," Grayson said in a statement made today, which has been reported widely in the national media.
Then, just a little while ago, the American Democracy Legal Fund, a watchdog group founded by journalist David Brock and Brad Woodhouse, former communications director of the United States Democratic National Committee, has filed an ethics complaint against U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio. The organization, which also filed a complaint against Rep. Mark Meadows for keeping a staffer on payroll even after complaints of sexual harassment, says that Rubio solicited campaign contributions while speaking from an official Senate office building.
The complaint notes that the Senate Select Committee on Ethics explicitly states that campaigning is not to take place "on Senate time or using Senate equipment or facilities." Yet, it notes, in a recent interview with Fox News Rubio from the Russell Senate Office Building, responded to questions about his presidential campaign and even solicited donations from viewers during the interview. The complaint also alleges that Rubio is using Senate staff and his Senate office to assist his campaign.
Watch Rubio try to make excuses during an uncomfortable CNN interview, in which a reporter challenges him for saying that government workers who don't do their jobs ought to be fired, while he himself isn't exactly doing his job: