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As Beruff attacks Rubio's attendance record, his own reads less than perfect

Carlos Beruff is making Marco Rubio's poor attendance record in Congress a central part of his campaign, labeling the first-term senator "No-Show Marco."

In campaign materials and interviews, the self-funded Republican real estate developer slams Rubio for skipping dozens of votes in the U.S. Senate while he was running for president.

But over the past two years, Beruff has had his own attendance issues as a member of the board of trustees for a community college in Manatee County. State College of Florida records show that Beruff was absent for 9 out of 19 board of trustees meetings from August 2014 through April of this year. Just since October, he has missed six of seven meetings on the volunteer board.

Beruff insists that half of those absences are a paperwork glitch. He said he submitted his resignation to Gov. Rick Scott's office in February, but the State College of Florida kept marking him absent. State College of Florida trustees met twice in February for a workshop and regular monthly meeting, and Beruff was absent both times.

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