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David Jolly wishes Marco Rubio would stop missing so many Senate votes



U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, today was warmly received before a home county crowd at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, where, perhaps inadvertently, he hammered U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

"If you're holding a current office and running for another office you should be under extremely strict ethical scrutiny in terms of whether or not you're doing the doing the job to which you were elected," Jolly said, when asked about Florida's resign-to-run laws. "For somebody that fails that test, well, then they don't deserve to be elected - either to the office they're seeking or to the office they currently hold." 

We followed up with the video here, asking whether Jolly - a Jeb Bush supporter - was specifically referring to Rubio, who has one of the worst attendance records in the Senate. 

"I wish I saw Marco voting more in the senate, but that's a decision for him to make," Jolly said of Rubio, who holds the senate seat for which Jolly is running.

Govtrack.US reports that since joining the Senate, Rubio has missed 159 roll call votes, or 11.2 percent. The median for senators currently serving is 1.6 percent. 

Asked about his sorry attendance record in the Senate, Rubio has said in recent interviews and in the last presidential debate that he has concluded it is more important for him to run for president than serve in the senate because that is where he can do more good for the country.

[Last modified: Monday, October 5, 2015 2:24pm]


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