Ron DeSantis follows Rubio model on missed votes
U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis says he got the politics bug in 2010, inspired by Marco Rubio's campaign against Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate. Now DeSantis, R-Ponte Vedra, is running for the Republican nomination to succeed Rubio in the U.S. Senate, and appears he's emulating Rubio in another way -- skipping votes to campaign. Rubio leads the Senate in missed votes, and DeSantis is starting to mimic that trend.
This week DeSantis missed 10 votes - from the Tracking Foreign Fighters in Terrorist Safe Havens Act to the First Responders Passport Act to reauthorizing the National Cord Blood Inventory program and the C.W. Bill Young Cell Transplantation program.
DeSantis' congressional office and campaign team did not respond to questions, but on Facebook today the congressman touted his vote against the omnibus spending bill (which Senate rival David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, supported).
"It was negotiated behind closed doors by a handful of elite members, revealed to the public at 1:35am on Wednesday morning, and rammed through the House a little more than 48 hours later. It is impossible for any member to have read the bill, much less understand it, in such a short amount of time."
DeSantis may have had a little more time had he skipped a trip to Las Vegas Tuesday, where he attended the presidential debate, He also skipped a special GOP Conference meeting to discuss the year-end spending bill.