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Rubio: Personal expenses on GOP card 'would pop up from month to month'

In a meeting with the Miami Herald editorial board on Monday (see video excerpts below), Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio called $10,000 in hotel charges for a family reunion billed to a Republican Party of Florida credit card a "major mistake." Rubio's rather tortured explanation back in March when the Herald/Times discovered the charges is here.

Rubio added on Friday: "The rest were items that would pop up from month to month for different reasons. I don't have it in front of me now. I've gone over this for last six to eight months. The important thing is that if I saw it I paid for it. I paid for it out of my own pocket directly to American Express, months -- quite frankly in some instances -- two or three years before this became public to anybody. So that's a fact. There's no other way around it. The fact of the matter is that if I found an expenditure that was personal in nature I paid for it out of my own pocket directly to American Express. The Republican Party of Florida did not pay my personal expenses."

Rubio did send payments to American Express totaling $16,000 for his personal expenses during his tenure as House speaker. But those payments were not made monthly. He made no contributions to the bill during a six-month stretch in 2007, records show. And he has refused to release his credit card records for 2005 and 2006.

Expenses covered by the party included a $1,000 charge at Braman Honda in Miami for repairs to the family minivan that Rubio said was damaged at a political function. The party also paid $2,976 for him to rent a car in Miami for five weeks. Other expenses picked up by the party in 2007 and 2008: $765 at Apple's online store, $25.76 from Everglades Lumber, $53.49 at Winn-Dixie in Miami, $68.33 at Happy Wine in Miami, $78.10 for two purchases at Farm Stores in Miami, and $412 at All Fusion Electronics, a music equipment store in Miami.

 

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edukatednfla

Living on corporate political donations (formerly known as bribes), having a high paying no-show job as a "political consultant" to a silk stocking legal firm and a tax free income from the RPOF credit card are hard to "explain" to the evil mainstream media. This training will well prepare Marcocito for the major league graft and corruption he will encounter in the US Senate. God forbid he would have to return to working a real job and having to pay his own bills.

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Sandra in Aventura

Give em hell Charlie!

NativeFlWoman

It is just hard for this Rep to believe that all of the supposedly conservative people in the party want to put this guy in the Senate. He has never paid his own way, has always obviously lived way beyond his means, and if it wasn't for his PAC's and campaign money, he would probably have to file bankruptcy to dig himself out of the hole he is in. And with almost 1 million in debt, he will never be able to afford to live part-time in DC and support his lifestyle in Miami. Get a clue people. Someone else will be paying his bills again. He has already paid family members and school tuition out of his current campaign account. The IRS needs to go ahead and file their charges right now for Income Tax Evasion so he doesn't have to be removed later if he is elected.

Moderate Democrat

It is time to unite behind Governor Crist.

Rubio is a crook!

Where are Rubio's AmEx Statements for the first two years that he had the RPOF card (when Carol Jean Jordan was RPOF chairwoman)??? He only released the last 3 years (those only because Jim Greer released them.) And from those years alone... we see that Mr. Rubio is not an honest man. He lied and when caught finally repaid the party for personal expensed. But, seriously... what about the years that the refuses to release? So, the first two years are nobody's business... but, the last three are ok. Yes the last three yrs are damning... but, the first two must be real doozies since he has said that there is "no way" we will be seeing them.

RealConservative

I want to see the 2005 and 06 bills....I also want to see pictures of the kitchen floors we paid for....the nerve of these spending free with free credit cards republicans....

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