Fresh off the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s editorial calling on Marco Rubio to resign comes similar advice from former Republican Party of Florida Chairman Al Cardenas, a strong supporter of Jeb Bush‘s campaign.
“If Marco has made the decision that he wants to continue to spend time with his family and run a vigorous campaign for president, the advice his handlers should be giving him and that he should accept is that he should resign from the Senate for the good of the country,” Cardenas told The Wall Street Journal’s Beth Reinhard. “The criticism is not going to go away … It’s difficult to justify staying on the job while not fulfilling its responsibilities.”
Cardenas has been close to Rubio over the years, but like many in the Florida GOP establishment, is supporting Bush in the Republican presidential primary election campaign.
As was reported this week by POLITICO, the Bush campaign looks at Rubio as being one of their most formidable opponents in the 90-plus days before the Iowa caucuses.
In a slide presentation, one noted that “Marco hasn’t received a single endorsement from a fellow U.S. Senator,” the text on screen read. “Governor Bush has been endorsed by three, as well as 20 House members.”
The next slide called Rubio “a GOP Obama” and noted their “strikingly similar profiles: first-term senators, lawyers and university lecturers, served in part-time state legislatures for eight years, had few legislative accomplishments, and haven’t shown much interest in the process of advancing legislation and getting results.”