It has become legend in Florida political circles, a missing chapter in Marco Rubio’s convoluted financial story: two years of credit card transactions from his time in the state House, when he and other Republican leaders freely spent party money.
Details about the spending, which included repairs for Rubio’s family minivan, emerged in his 2010 U.S. Senate race. But voters got only half the story because the candidate refused to disclose additional records.
Now Sen. Rubio’s past is under fresh scrutiny as he emerges as a top presidential prospect. During last week’s debate he deflected questions about his financial discipline — most recently, he liquidated a retirement account — but those questions will only intensify.
“For years I’ve been hearing that his credit cards are a disaster,” Donald Trump said Tuesday during a news conference in New York City.
“It’s fair game,” Jeb Bush said as he campaigned in New Hampshire, noting the party never gave him a credit card.
The Tampa Bay Times asked Rubio’s team for the records in June and again in early October.
A top strategist, Todd Harris, said Tuesday they would be released soon, possibly within the month, but declined to answer questions about what they might contain.