Establishment Republicans so against Rubio a year ago will now defend him. The problem is Washington is full of pathological liars.
By Chris Ingram
There is an article in todays Tampa Tribune about my concerns with Marco Rubios trustworthiness as it relates to his much-talked-about RPOF American Express card charges. It is important to note that Marco Rubio doesnt deny the allegations I make against him (and which we both know to be true) specifically that he told me of a $4K-$5K charge on his RPOF credit card for new kitchen floors in his home.
After Rubio told me of these inappropriate charges last summer, I encouraged him to release his own bad news, apologize for it, and assure the public it would never happen again. Not only did Rubio not follow this advice, he dug in, made excuses, and played like he was the victim.
An important fact to consider about this case is that Rubio doesnt deny the charge. This is because he knows that somewhere out there the records exist to corroborate my story. That is, there is an AmEx statement with Rubios name on it for new kitchen floors paid for by the RPOF. If Rubio wasnt guilty/was innocent of this reckless and possibly illegal spending, he could of course prove it by releasing all of his American Express card statements. But we all know that isnt ever going to happen because guilty people dont release their records only honest people do, and honesty is not an adjective that fits Marco Rubio.
So, given the facts dont support his claims, what does Marco have left to do? Attack me.
Attack the messenger is one of the most common defensive tactics politicians who dont have the facts on their side employ in order to divert attention from the real issues in an attempt to get back on offense.
Therefore, career politician Marco Rubio who doesnt have the facts on his side is attacking me. His false and pathetic attempt to make it appear as though I somehow have called attention to his reckless behavior because his campaign did not hire me to work for him is complete bunk and Marco Rubio knows it. Fortunately, Ive got thick skin and can deal with the petty claims of the Rubio campaign and the expected tongue-lashings from Rubios Kool-aid drinking supporters. The criticism goes with the job of being a muckraker. For those of you concerned about my sensibilities, thank you, but I can handle it.
For the record, it is true I did offer to assist Rubios campaign with an assessment of his campaign staffs communications operation which they never took me up on. Said offer was gratis and was not tied to any form of compensation.
Simply put, I did not spill the beans about Marcos confession to me last summer (09) that he had been a bad boy with the RPOFs credit card because he didnt hire me. In fact, I continued to consult Marco with telephone calls and e-mails long after making this offer.
In the ensuing months I attended events for Marco, raised money for his campaign, and made a personal campaign contribution all the while writing columns about Rubio some favorable, and others which could be interpreted as less than favorable. Do you think if I had been interested in working for Rubio I would have written columns criticizing him? Thats what Rubio (and people like him) dont get about normal people, the Tea Party movement, and other disaffected Americans real people just want good government and a viable future for the next generation. Not everyone out there is like Rubio or Charlie, or the special interests wondering whats in it for me?