Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Thursday called on presidential candidate Marco Rubio to resign from the Senate, Politico reported.
Rubio’s (R-FL) effectiveness in the Senate was questioned in an editorial published by a major newspaper in Florida. The editorial called for his resignation if he refused to show up and vote. The newspaper reported that Rubio had missed almost 60 votes during the course of his presidential campaign.
Rubio recently said he’d missed the votes because he didn’t like the pace of Senate.
Reid echoed the newspaper’s criticism in an interview with Politico.
“Why shouldn’t he (resign)? He hates the Senate,” Reid reportedly said. “Why should the taxpayers of this country and people of Florida put up with having only one senator? Doesn’t seem fair to me.”
GOP rival and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also called for Rubio’s resignation during the third GOP debate, hosted by CNBC, on Wednesday night.
“For Marco Rubio here to dump on the Senate, this institution established by our founding fathers, he should be ashamed of himself,” Reid said, according to Politico. “And the people of Florida, why they put up with it, I don’t know. They damn sure aren’t getting their money’s worth.”