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Alan Grayson latest to call for Marco Rubio’s Senate resignation

It started overnight with an editorial in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, was followed up by the Democratic National Committee, former RPOF Chair Al Cardenas, and now Orlando-area Democratic U.S. Rep. and 2016 Senate hopeful Alan Grayson is calling on Marco Rubio to step down from his U.S. Senate seat.

“If Senator Rubio does not want to do his job of representing Florida in the Senate, then he should quit,” Grayson said in a prepared statement issued Wednesday evening. “After missing more votes than any other senator this year, Rubio is MIA, in dereliction of duty. Even before he announced his Presidential campaign, Marco Rubio had the worst attendance record in the Senate. Sen. Feinstein, who is 82 years old, missed fewer votes than Rubio. Sen. Kirk, who suffered a devastating stoke, missed fewer votes than Rubio.”

Here’s his entire statement:

“If Senator Rubio does not want to do his job of representing Florida in the Senate, then he should quit. After missing more votes than any other senator this year, Rubio is MIA, in dereliction of duty.  Even before he announced his Presidential campaign, Marco Rubio had the worst attendance record in the Senate. Sen. Feinstein, who is 82 years old, missed fewer votes than Rubio. Sen. Kirk, who suffered a devastating stoke, missed fewer votes than Rubio.

“At a time when Social Security zero COLAs and Medicare payment increases are cheating seniors, when workers are struggling to survive on wages that are less than the cost of living, and when economic inequality is threatening the existence of the American middle class, Floridians have the reasonable expectation that Marco Rubio should show up to work, earn his pay of $14,500 each month, and do his job. Instead of doing his job, however, Marco is conducting a vanity campaign for President. He has missed as many as half of his votes. What kind of employee misses half of his work days, and then expects a promotion?

“Marco Rubio has already quit on the people of Florida. His resignation simply makes that official. And when he does, I will say good riddance.”

Grayson is attempting to succeed in Rubio’s seat in 2016, running against fellow Democrats Patrick Murphy and Pam Keith.

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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 mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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