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Rubio rips Patrick Murphy as 'lazy' and 'privileged'



Marco Rubio didn’t have faith in fellow Republicans to hold his Senate seat, he said in an interview Wednesday in which he harshly attacked expected Democratic nominee Patrick Murphy.

"I really became convinced we were going to lose that Senate seat if I didn't do it,” Rubio said on the Laura Ingraham show, which was hosted by a guest.

Certainly Rubio brings a more formidable profile than his friend Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Ron DeSantis and others who once competed for the nomination.

But Rubio still acknowledged the general election will be tough. “It’s Florida. It’s a presidential year,” he said.

He trashed Democrat Alan Grayson as “not well” but directed most fire at Murphy, saying he would help install Chuck Schumer as majority leader, push liberal Supreme Court justices and be a “rubber stamp” for Hillary Clinton.

“There’s three things about Patrick Murphy. No. 1, he’s lazy – he’s not a very hard worker. He’s not a guy that you can see his campaign, he barely does events, he kind of just is phoning it in, and I think he feels entitled to it.
“Number 2, he’s a very privileged guy. His whole life his family has provided for him. He’s never had to worry a single moment of his life about how to pay his bills or where his next money is going to come from. His dad, in fact, gave him $5 million dollars after he was elected to Congress.

“And the third thing is, if you look at his voting record it’s atrocious. Yesterday we get the news that all these people are being released from Guantanamo and he supports all that, closing Guantanamo. He supports the Iran deal. Yesterday he said Hillary Clinton is someone who is trustworthy. …”

Rubio will face work ethic questions himself -- as he did in the presidential primary -- for all the votes and committee hearings he missed. The $5 million relates to Coastal Construction stock Murphy's father gave him after he was elected. The true amount is unknown as U.S. House rules allow for reporting ranges. Murphy reported stock valued between $1 million and $5 million.

Murphy campaign:

"Of course Marco Rubio is going to do or say anything to distract from his disastrous record as a Senator. Rubio is the laziest Senator in Washington, a politician who puts himself first and blows off the job Floridians elected him to do — while Patrick Murphy has a lifetime voting record of 97%. Rubio earned the worst attendance record of a Florida Senator in nearly 50 years, and won't even commit to serving a full term. In November, Floridians will vote for Patrick Murphy because they know he is committed to working hard for them — not himself."

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 1:22pm]


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