A chapter from Marco Rubio's political career in Florida that's well known here at home is gaining national attention now that he's facing increased scrutiny amid the presidential race: his personal finance problems.
During last week's GOP debate, the subject of his past personal finance problems came to light in a question from one of the CNBC debate moderators:
"Sen. Rubio, you yourself have said that you've had issues. You have a lack of bookkeeping skills," Quick said, quoting Rubio’s 2012 book An American Son before listing several examples. "You accidentally inter-mingled campaign money with your personal money. You faced foreclosure on a second home that you bought. And just last year, you liquidated a $68,000 retirement fund. That's something that cost you thousands of dollars in taxes and penalties.
"In terms of all of that, it raises the question whether you have the maturity and the wisdom to lead this $17 trillion economy. What do you say?" she asked.
Rubio's answer was dismissive as he dodged the question altogether with this:
"Well, you just listed a litany of discredited attacks from Democrats and my political opponents, and I'm not gonna waste 60 seconds detailing them all."
There's a good reason for Rubio not wanting to "waste 60 seconds detailing them all." That's because it would take much longer to do so. There's a long list. A list that has far from been "discredited" as he claims, and it isn't just the Democrats and his political opponents "attacking" him for them. In fact, some of the interest in his personal finances "inter-mingled" with that of the Republican Party of Florida came from the FBI and the IRS back in 2010, not to mention news outlets. In fact, while Rubio professes to be the victim of partisan attacks, his financial problems have been well documented and he knows it.