In a story appearing in the New York Times, Senator Marco Rubio’s driving record is under scrutiny for a rash of traffic violations.
Dating back to 1997, when Mr. Rubio was not in elected office, the Times‘ account details information obtained from the Miami-Dade and Duval County court dockets which reveal both Rubio and his wife have been cited for breaching traffic laws seventeen times.
Although appearing in the Times, the Washington Free Beacon, in a separate story, has alleged the information on the Rubios’ careless driving records unfolded as a result of novice gumshoes working on behalf of the Hillary Clinton-connected super-PAC, American Bridge.
Warning: Sarcastic language to follow.
Far from a serious transgression, and certainly unworthy of a Justice Department inquiry, Rubio, once lambasted for gulping water during a response to a State of the Union address, is not (a) having an extra-marital affair with a secretary on his staff who cannot type; (b) he did not engage in the cover-up of a clumsy burglary; (c) he and his wife are not involved in a shady Arkansas land deal; and (d) Rubio did not improperly use campaign funds to re-decorate his Senate office or take unneeded, lavish trips abroad.
This hilariously dated and trivial story is one which readers typically find on the cover of the National Enquirer and not inside the front section of the Gray Lady. Bad driving is not a capital offense, but if the gatekeepers of justice at the Times are not chortling while they spill ink about Rubio, then perhaps the Times requires remedial journalism lessons respecting the differences between what qualifies as news and what is manufacturing news.
At best, this story will elicit a roll of the eyes among readers as the Times breezily divulges the fact the Rubios, in a fit of embarrassment, hired a crafty lawyer to avert any further blemish to their already-besmirched driving record or loss of driving privileges altogether. The story is less about the temptations of power and more about pretty stiff fines which only a bureaucracy can escape with levying and the Times’ collusion with the amateur sleuths working with a Hillary Clinton super-PAC.
Sure, the Rubios let loose when driving, but this is not road rage. Obviously the pair will not be getting insurance rebates or state-issued driving awards in the mail in the near future. For good measure, send the two back to driving school and get on with life.
At the very least, mercifully, the Times did not offer some infantile moral-equivalent argument about corruption in this story.
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