Hypocrisy Alert:  GOP Senate Hopefuls Cared *A Lot* About Classified Information Last Year

Back in 2016 and earlier, ambitious Republican politicians scored political points by feigning outrage over the handling of classified information. Now these Republicans are running for U.S. Senate — or are weighing campaigns — and what action are they taking about Donald Trump’s dangerous recklessness with classified intelligence?

Nothing.

(Or, if you’re Jeff Flake and Dean Heller, worse than nothing: excuses for doing nothing that give Trump a free pass).

Let’s turn back the clock and take a look at what Republican Senate hopefuls said about the mishandling of classified information…

Pennsylvania: Rep. Lou Barletta: “A crime”
Florida: Gov. Rick Scott: Spent $1 million on ads about classified emails
Indiana: Luke Messer: “Dishonesty and poor judgment”
Missouri: Rep. Ann Wagner: “Cannot be trusted
North Dakota: Rep. Kevin Cramer: “Appoint a special prosecutor to formally investigate”
Pennsylvania: […]

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Constituents Demand GOP Reps. & Sens. Back Independent Commission on Trump/Russia Scandal

Voters are heading to town hall events across the country to demand their members of Congress support an independent commission or special prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. The demands follow Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, a transparently political maneuver designed to obstruct the Bureau’s ongoing investigation. 

Voters want to know: As Congress heads back into session this week, will their Representative take a stand against Trump’s abuses of power and endorse an independent commission or special prosecutor?

Iowa

Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01)

WATCH: “Are you [inaudible] to call for an independent counsel? [Applause].”

WATCH: “Real simple question for you: today, at 4:30, Donald J. Trump fired the director of the FBI. I want you to tell me, will you help [inaudible] voice the need for a special prosecutor? [Applause].”

Michigan

Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)

WATCH: “All have questions relating […]

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Rick Scott would profit from Trumpcare, big league

“Rick Scott made his wealth while his hospital company was stealing hundreds of millions from Medicare. Now he wants to keep all that money, and it’s no surprise he’s willing to do it by risking the health care of millions of Floridians,” said American Bridge spokesman Joshua Karp.

Politico: Scott would see big tax savings under Obamacare repeal

By Marc Caputo    04/11/17

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is urging Congress to keep trying to repeal Obamacare, but he’s not mentioning the personal benefit he would derive: a windfall tax cut of anywhere from $250,000 to $500,000.

After Republicans failed to wipe out Obamacare the first time, Scott penned a USA Today op-ed last week that called on lawmakers to pass a plan “that actually provides affordable and quality health care for families.”

“Remove Obamacare’s excessive mandates and taxes … NOW,” Scott demanded.

Unsaid by Scott: such a repeal would have saved him exactly $246,109, […]

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QUICK CLIP: Rick Scott’s Enterprise Florida Buddies Pay For His Campaign Ads

Gov. Rick Scott is spending big on a new TV ad to boost his pet slush fund for big businesses, Enterprise Florida.

Now a new investigation by WFTV shows the money is coming from “the same companies that were giving campaign cash to Governor Rick Scott’s Let’s Get To Work committee are the same companies who have active contracts with Enterprise Florida.”

The report shows the same companies that are handed millions in Florida taxpayer money by Rick Scott are turning around and giving that money to Rick Scott so he can promote… even more taxpayer giveaways.

Watch the report:


Transcript:

The governor paid for this ad with his political committee, Let’s Get To Work. But we dug even deeper, and discovered that some of the same companies that were giving campaign cash to Governor Rick Scott’s Let’s Get To Work committee are the same companies […]

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Marco Rubio votes early for Donald Trump

Marco Rubio thinks Donald Trump is:

“wholly unprepared to be president of the United States”

“a con artist”

“has no ideas of any substance on the important issues”

an “erratic individual” who can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes

…and yet, Rubio is voting early today in West Miami for Donald Trump. Rubio is a complete coward for seeing the real Donald Trump who is unfit to be commander in chief and still voting for Trump to be president.

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Rubio’s Ties To For-Profit College Costing Taxpayers $350 Million

There’s a Republican with ties to a for-profit college that “hurt far more students” than Donald Trump’s Trump University (a massive scam that promised Trump’s real estate secrets but mostly just took people’s money).

It’s Rubiooo!! Marco Rubio accepted nearly $28,000 in political donations from Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit college currently under federal investigation for “false advertising, deceptive marketing and misrepresenting job placement rates.” Corinthian even targeted veterans to turn a profit.

In return, Rubio pushed a higher education plan that would’ve pushed students toward for-profit colleges like Corinthian. According to USA Today, Rubio “went out of his way to help” Corinthian when the investigation started and asked the Education Department for “leniency” on behalf of Corinthian.

And now, Rubio’s political benefactors are costing taxpayers upwards of $350 million because the Education Department is helping former students with their student debt. It’s yet another example of […]

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American Bridge Statement On Marco Rubio’s Debate in Florida

American Bridge president Jessica Mackler released the following statement on Marco Rubio’s debate:

“Marco Rubio spent his second debate trying to prove that he has accomplished anything for Floridians, but his problem is the few things that he’s accomplished as a senator have made Florida worse off. If Rubio had his way, he would team up with Donald Trump to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits, take affordable healthcare away from millions of Floridians, and defund Planned Parenthood.

“Rubio is a coward for continuing to support Donald Trump even after he’s bragged about abusing women, admitted that he broke the Cuban embargo, and praised Vladimir Putin. Why would Floridians ever believe that Rubio would support them?”

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NEW REPORT: Rubio Failed To Show Up For Work Every. Single. Year.

New research from American Bridge shows that Marco Rubio didn’t show up for work on behalf of Florida taxpayers EVERY YEAR he was in the Senate, not just the year in which he ran for president and lost 66 of Florida’s 67 counties to Donald Trump.

Marco Rubio’s lack of interest in doing his job extends back to his earliest days as a politician — since 2000 when he missed one-third of his committee hearings in the state legislature, to 2002 where he skipped nearly half of the Florida House’s 9/11 Committee meetings, to when he missed 30% of the classes he taught as a part-time professor at FIU, to his current absenteeism in the Senate that is the worst vote attendance record from a Florida senator in nearly 50 years.

Rubio has always failed to show up for work on behalf of Floridians:

Missed committee hearings (total across all committees)

percentage missed

2011
63%

2012
71%

2013
62%

2014
60%

2015
80%

2016
57%

 

Missed voting record (Worst compared to other senators)

2011
95th

2012
Tied […]

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Rubio Doesn’t See Trump Threats To Democracy As Disqualifying

After Donald Trump spent the better part of the week:

lying about widespread voter fraud,
encouraging violence to suppress voter turnout,
fearmongering through conspiracy theories, and
indicating to his supporters that it’s okay to incite violence at polling sites if necessary,

Trump continued to threaten the legitimacy of our elections and the stability of our democracy at last night’s debates when he dangerously refused to commit to accepting the outcome of the election.

Why is Marco Rubio continuing to strongly support Donald Trump for president?

Trump’s threats to incite chaos are beyond the pale, and they aren’t new. Trump has been claiming the election is rigged for months, and Marco Rubio has stuck with him despite saying, “This election is not being rigged.” That a major party nominee is willing to threaten the stability of our democracy because he’s a sore loser is shocking and unprecedented. That Rubio is eager to stand with Trump and support him through Trump’s “rigged election” […]

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