Speeding-Ticketgate: NY Times “Exposes” the Rubios’ Scandalous Traffic Behavior

Not that the GOP doesn’t have its share of embarrassing scandals. But this is just the media’s attempt at creating a scandal when nothing’s really there. It kind of reminds me of Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal. I think they’re still talking about that.

Apparently, the Rubios, mostly the Missus, have acquired quite a few speeding tickets over the years, according to the New York Times, which exposed the presidential contender and his wife as the crooks that they are.

And of course, the Times saved the most shocking part for last. They started paying a lawyer to represent them in court to get the traffic charges dismissed. The NY Times reported on the Rubios’ trail of atrocities:

Mr. Rubio’s troubles behind the wheel predate his days in politics. In 1997, when he was cited for careless driving by a Florida Highway Patrol officer, he was fined and took voluntary driving classes. A dozen years later, in 2009, he was ticketed for speeding on a highway in Duval County and found himself back in driver improvement school.

Things got more complicated in 2011 when Mr. Rubio was alerted to the fact that his license was facing suspension after a traffic camera caught him failing to stop at a red light in his beige Buick. His lawyer, Alex Hanna, paid a $16 fee to delay the suspension and eventually it was dismissed.

“Senator Rubio’s license has always been in good standing,” Mr. Hanna said in a statement provided by Mr. Rubio’s campaign. “This matter was resolved by the court system and at no point was the license suspended by the D.M.V.”


The Rubios have spent more than $1,000 paying traffic penalties over the years, but after Mr. Rubio was elected to the Senate in 2010 they took a different approach to handling their tickets.

Mr. Rubio hired Mr. Hanna, a Miami-based lawyer and donor, whose website sales pitch says, “Have you received a traffic ticket? Don’t pay it.” With Mr. Hanna’s help, Mr. Rubio’s last two citations were dismissed and seven of Ms. Rubio’s last eight were cleared.

I’m not much of a Rubio fan, but come on. This is quite a stretch to try to turn this into some “scandal.” I’d feel the same way if this were a democrat they were writing about.

I wonder if this the New York Times’ underhanded way of saying that Latinos can’t drive, or that women can’t drive. How sexist and racist.


H/T:  NewsBusters