Marco Rubio has a shady ethics history that stretches back to his time in the Florida House of Representatives. Appropriately, the U.S. Senator from Florida’s latest endorser, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, has her own history of ethics controversies.
Here’s a taste of Rubio’s ethical low-lights:
- Florida Republican Party Credit Card — Marco Rubio used a Florida Republican Party credit card to rack up tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenditures. Rubio used the card to pay for a family trip and a home improvement project, among other things, but that’s not all. Rubio’s campaign insists that he’s made all of the credit card records public, but, as National Journal reported last month, some of his spending records remain undisclosed.
- The $48 Million “Taj Mahal” Courthouse — Personal use of the Florida GOP credit card isn’t Rubio’s only foray into ethical gray areas. Back in 2010, Rubio similarly faced scrutiny for his involvement as a “driving force” behind Tallahassee’s so-called “Taj Mahal” courthouse. The opulent courthouse’s ostentatious amenities include: “mahogany-trimmed offices, kitchens and bathrooms in judicial suites,” bulletproof windows, dozens of 60-inch flat screen TVs with cable, granite counter-tops, and soundproofed bathrooms for each judge. According to the Tampa Bay Times Editorial Board, Rubio — who was behind the $48 million-dollar project’s approval — reacted to scrutiny by “first claiming ignorance and then blaming others.” As the editorial board put it at the time: “Marco Rubio has a terrible memory or an aversion to telling the truth.”
Like Rubio, Governor Haley has had a number ethics questions crop up over the years, ranging for her improper use of state-owned vehicles and missed tax-filing deadlines, to her shady tax payer-funded economic development trips to Europe and India.
Here are a few shady episodes from Haley’s time as governor:
The Post and Courier: European vacation or legitimate business? Haley’s fiscal priorities under fire as summer ‘jobs’ trip detailed
Associated Press: Haley biz didn’t pay taxes on time
The State: Haley’s taxes filed late
Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley has consistently missed the April 15 tax-filing deadline, according to additional records released Wednesday, filing her income taxes more than a year late in 2005 and 2006.
The Post and Courier: Gov. Nikki Haley on mystery economic development trip
Haley’s last economic development trip was in November to India, a 10-day excursion on which she was accompanied by her husband, Michael Haley, and an 18-member delegation. The state Commerce Department spent $51,500 on the trip, which so far has produced no job announcements.