Al Cardenas piles on, now says Marco Rubio should resign from Senate


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.”

Mitch Perry

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served five years as political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. Mitch also was assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley and is a San Francisco native who has lived in Tampa since 2000. Mitch can be reached at [email protected]


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