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There are many pundits who are speculating that Marco Rubio is in a mad dash to become Romney’s VP.  He moved the release of his book up to June from September and shockingly paid $40,000 to private investigators to vet himself.

Vet himself?

Wow?

Check this out from the Atlantic:

“Rubio's political committee has also "spent more than $40,000 for investigators to research for negative attacks that could surface against him." This month, he asked the Florida State Ethics Committee to "closeout a complaint that he misused Republican Party and campaign money" to run up excessive food and travel bills on GOP credit cards”
Perhaps his strategy is working because Politico is reporting that at least one of his “sleazy acts”[my words] has been resolved:
“In a negotiated settlement finalized last month but only publicly released now, Marco Rubio for Senate acknowledged taking in more than $210,000 in “prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions” during his Senate campaign and failing to refund or “redesignate” the funds within the allowed time frame.

Even after an internal audit, the Rubio campaign failed to identify more than $83,000 in improper or incorrectly characterized contributions, according to a March 19 agreement between the campaign and the FEC.

…A spokesman for Rubio could not be immediately reached for comment.”

Okay great, so it’s no big deal that he took improper campaign donations from more than 100 individuals, including direct corporate donations that the FEC shows were illegal—stuff happens.  And getting dinged by the FEC again for accepting $26K for the primary even after the race was over was just um, an oversight, or something.

The reality is that the majority of Marco’s current and past ethical issues are related to him personally putting either private or State money in his pockets and then issuing a huge “what had happened was” after the fact.  Let’s look at just a few of his issues as reported by CREW and St. Petersburg Times:

1.  Rubio and his staff charged personal expenses unauthorized party credit cards including car repairs, and grocery purchases. Mr. Rubio’s chief of staff racked up thousands of dollars in expenses on behalf of Mr. Rubio on his card including dinners and a Rubio family trip to a Georgia resort.

2. Rubio also admitted he double-billed both the Republican Party and state taxpayers for eight flights totaling about $3,000 in 2007.

3. While preparing to leave his position in the Florida House of Representatives, Rubio accepted an “unadvertised” part-time gig at FIU that paid $69,000 per year. Maybe that’s because of the $29 million he steered their way which led to FIU”S president saying that Rubio was “worth every penny.

4. He was hired as a consultant for Jackson Memorial Hospital after he earmarked $20 million for them. They paid his firm $8,000 per month and hired his former aid.

5. Rubio’s wife was listed and paid as treasurer over a committee that paid $51,000 in unidentified travel expenses. Another Rubio political committee listed $14,000 in payments to family members, at least one of whom had a non-existent address.

6. Rubio, routinely charged personal expenses to his party-issued credit card from 2006 to 2008.

7. He billed the Republican Party of Florida 4k for a rental car in Miami and repairs to his family minivan, which he said was damaged by a valet at a political event.

8. As a Florida House Rep, Rubio started two political committees and raised nearly $600,000. He failed to disclose tens of thousands of dollars in expenses and concealed others by lumping them in credit card charges, the Times/Herald reported.

In one of the complaints filed against Rubio, this is how he was described:

"It appears that Mr. Rubio believes that PAC stands for 'personal access to cash,' " Ryan said in the complaint, calling it a "fraud upon his donors whose donations were solicited for political purposes, not to subsidize his lifestyle."
They tried to solve their woman problem with Palin and 2012 with Anne Romney: Fail

They tried to solve their “African-American problem” with Herm Cain: Fail

Will they try Rubio to solve their “Hispanic problem” today?

I personally don’t believe Romney would take a chance on Rubio with all of this baggage.  Yes, I know cons would love to trot him out as an “acceptable” tea party “Hispanic” to try to solve one swat of their variety of demographic issues.

But, I don’t believe it would work because every newspaper in America would dig all of this stuff up again and I’d have to re-stock all of my double-buttered popcorn.

Originally posted to joelgp on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 07:36 AM PDT.

Also republished by LatinoKos.

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