The New York Times Friday scolded presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and his wife Jeanette for a less-than-perfect driving record, noting they have “spent more than $1,000 paying traffic penalties over the years.” The report has been met with considerable backlash.
The Times reported that the Rubios have been cited for traffic violations a combined 17 times, Marco four and Jeanette 13, referring to court dockets from Miami-Dade and Duval counties.
The ‘paper of record’ highlighted a 2011 incident when Sen. Rubio’s license was nearly suspended after a traffic camera caught him driving through a red light. His attorney, Alex Hanna, paid the $16 fine to have the suspension delayed, which was ultimately dismissed.
“Senator Rubio’s license has always been in good standing. This matter was resolved by the court system and at no point was the license suspended by the DMV,” Hanna said in a statement given to The Times by the candidate’s campaign. This is how The Times’ report concludes:
Earlier this year, Ms. Rubio, a former cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins, sideswiped a Porsche Panamera while driving her husband’s Ford F-150 truck to a donor event at the Delano Hotel in Miami Beach. According to the Miami Herald, the police declined to take a report on the incident because it was a ‘minor’ fender bender.
If Mr. Rubio is fortunate to make it as far as the White House, there will be many perks that come with the job. Chief among them, however, might be having a driver.
The Washington Free Beacon reported the facts from The Times’ report were pulled in person last January by left-leaning group American Bridge; but the paper denies that accusation, insisting they came across the facts themselves, Politico noted.
As a result of the report, #RubioCrimeSpree has been trending on Twitter in the United States, with some humorous and poignant results:
— Andrea Tantaros (@AndreaTantaros) June 5, 2015
#RubioCrimeSpree : destroys server, tax evasion and was clocked in black van speeding at 92 MPH in a 65 zone. No, wait…that’s Hillary.
— NPCSW (@npcsw) June 5, 2015
He wore white pants after Labor Day. #RubioCrimeSpree
— Deanna Sabatini (@APatriotLife4Me) June 5, 2015
Once took front passenger seat after someone else had called shotgun 5 hours earlier #RubioCrimeSpree
— Yesif Nosif (@ILvMilqueToast2) June 5, 2015
h/t: Fox News
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