Lack Of Pest Control Threatens Florida
Marco Rubio is busy trying to muddy the waters after his party has blocked funding for Zika for months, and continues to do so as they're taking an overextended vacation in spite of an outbreak in Florida.
Rubio's late to the game as always, but now that he sees possible political problems for himself given that Zika has landed in his hometown, he's calling for action while deflecting blame for his party's inaction in the first place.
Meanwhile, since he's also thrown his full support behind Donald Trump, he's dancing around another potential political land mine.
The Trump campaign sees Zika as an "insignificant issue."
Juan Fiol, the Trump campaign’s vice chairman in Miami-Dade County, where Rubio lives, recently bashed Clinton for discussing the issue and said her campaign was “sophomoric” for “taking on such an insignificant issue,” according to The Boston Globe, which also couldn’t reach Hicks.
“We have bigger mosquitoes to squash than Zika — like ISIS, the national debt, Iraq, and Afghanistan,” Fiol told the Boston Globe. “We have a wall to build to keep the illegals out. We have so many other issues that are more important than this.”
Right. Building a great wall to keep out all those imaginary "illegals" that only right-wing Conservatives can see flooding into the country is so much more important than an actual public health crisis happening now. And let's don't forget about Trump's other "bigger mosquitos to squash" that Rubio's willing to overlook, like lashing out at dead veterans families, or trying to figure out what the downsides of using nuclear weapons are.
It's nice that Rubio is calling for some sort of action on Zika, but again, he waited to do so until it came back to bite him politically, if you will, which is usually what it takes to get his attention. His party has blocked the Zika funding President Obama asked Congress for months ago, and when Democrats tried to push funding through, Rubio's party tacked on things like measures to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that offers things like contraception and abortions, something that women who may become pregnant or already are when they contract the virus just might need.
Marco Rubio and his party have long treated Zika as a political football, and thus seemingly an "insignificant issue," and it's hardly a surprise that it hasn't even been on their nominee's radar.
Maybe if Rubio had bothered to care before now, this wouldn't have become just another reminder that Marco Rubio was an absentee Senator when his constituents needed him most.
What makes anyone think that will change if he's reelected for the job he says hates and rarely shows up to do?