Rubio: 2010’s Katherine Harris – another pathological liar for U.S. Senate

In short, I don’t think Marco Rubio is telling the truth. He is not telling the truth about me. He is not telling the truth about his spending of RPOF funds on his credit card. He is not telling the truth about the RPOF paying for his family reunion. Of course, he has perfect explanations for all of these indiscretions. But a pattern of untrustworthy behavior exists, and I believe such behavior should disqualify him from serving in the U.S. Senate – at minimum it disqualifies him from receiving my vote

Establishment Republicans so against Rubio a year ago will now defend him. The problem is Washington is full of pathological liars.

By Chris Ingram

There is an article in today’s Tampa Tribune about my concerns with Marco Rubio’s trustworthiness as it relates to his much-talked-about RPOF American Express card charges. It is important to note that Marco Rubio doesn’t deny the allegations I make against him (and which we both know to be true) – specifically that he told me of a $4K-$5K charge on his RPOF credit card for new kitchen floors in his home.

After Rubio told me of these inappropriate charges last summer, I encouraged him to “release his own bad news, apologize for it, and assure the public it would never happen again.” Not only did Rubio not follow this advice, he dug in, made excuses, and played like he was the victim.

An important fact to consider about this case is that Rubio doesn’t deny the charge. This is because he knows that somewhere out there the records exist to corroborate my story. That is, there is an AmEx statement with Rubio’s name on it for new kitchen floors paid for by the RPOF. If Rubio wasn’t guilty/was innocent of this reckless and possibly illegal spending, he could of course prove it by releasing all of his American Express card statements. But we all know that isn’t ever going to happen because guilty people don’t release their records – only honest people do, and honesty is not an adjective that fits Marco Rubio.

So, given the facts don’t support his claims, what does Marco have left to do? Attack me.

Attack the messenger is one of the most common defensive tactics politicians who don’t have the facts on their side employ in order to divert attention from the real issues in an attempt to get back on offense.

Therefore, career politician Marco Rubio – who doesn’t have the facts on his side — is attacking me. His false and pathetic attempt to make it appear as though I somehow have called attention to his reckless behavior because his campaign did not hire me to work for him is complete bunk – and Marco Rubio knows it.  Fortunately, I’ve got thick skin and can deal with the petty claims of the Rubio campaign and the expected tongue lashings from Rubio’s Kool-aid drinking supporters. The criticism goes with the job of being a muckraker. For those of you concerned about my sensibilities, thank you, but I can handle it.

For the record, it is true I did offer to assist Rubio’s campaign with an assessment of his campaign staff’s communications operation which they never took me up on. Said offer was “gratis” and was not tied to any form of compensation.

Simply put, I did not “spill the beans” about Marco’s confession to me last summer (’09) that he had been a bad boy with the RPOF’s credit card because he didn’t hire me. In fact, I continued to consult Marco with telephone calls and e-mails long after making this offer.

In the ensuing months I attended events for Marco, raised money for his campaign, and made a personal campaign contribution all the while writing columns about Rubio – some favorable, and others which could be interpreted as less than favorable.  Do you think if I had been interested in “working” for Rubio I would have written columns criticizing him? That’s what Rubio (and people like him) don’t get about normal people, the Tea Party movement, and other disaffected Americans – real people just want good government and a viable future for the next generation. Not everyone out there is like Rubio or Charlie, or the special interests wondering “what’s in it for me?”

So I gave up on Marco Rubio and spilled the beans after watching his recent TV ads whereby he attempts to appeal to voters with a “Boy Scout” image. I don’t buy it, and I believe he’s just as disingenuous as Charlie Crist. The only difference is, my lack of trust in Marco is on an individual level, while Charlie’s is purely political. In my book, Marco’s lack of trust is far worse than Charlie’s. Charlie may be a lot of things, but out for personal gain (other than being elected to something) is not one of them. Marco’s want for power is different – he appears to not only want fame, but also fortune. Watching him on TV talking about values and fiscal responsibility while knowing he doesn’t know right from wrong and can’t even keep his own affairs in order just plain disgusts me.  That is why I have chosen to out Marco Rubio for being the snake I believe him to be.

In short, I don’t think Marco Rubio is telling the truth. He is not telling the truth about me. He is not telling the truth about his spending of RPOF funds on his credit card. He is not telling the truth about the RPOF paying for his family reunion. Of course, he has perfect explanations for all of these indiscretions.  But a pattern of untrustworthy behavior exists, and I believe such behavior should disqualify him from serving in the U.S. Senate – at minimum it disqualifies him from receiving my vote. Yet somehow among my Kool-aid drinking Republican friends, we’re supposed to support Marco and believe he’s the savior of our nation simply because he’s got an “R” after his name. No thanks. Some guy who can’t handle a credit card the right way, isn’t going to be able to appropriately vote on the budget or taxes. (For more on what a great conservative fiscal steward Rubio is, read story in today’s St. Pete Times.)

I’ve been a Republican my whole life, but I refuse to vote for someone whom I cannot trust just because they have an “R” after their name. I don’t trust Marco Rubio. Someone who is so completely devoid of knowing right from wrong as it relates to his own finances and the finances of others can’t be trusted to go to Washington and solve the fiscal mess our country is in.

I’ll be voting for Alex Snitker the Libertarian Party candidate for the U.S. Senate. Some have called it a “wasted vote.” It may be. But I refuse to vote for “the lesser of two (or in this case three) evils.” And if we the people collectively refused these “less than desirable” candidates put up by the money-men and special interests, we might end up getting better choices next time.

Alex Snitker may not be perfect. He’s certainly not polished. And he doesn’t have a fancy political pedigree. But one thing’s for sure, having met him I believe Alex Snitker. That is to say, I trust him.

Marco Rubio on the other hand appears to be a pathological liar in the form of another failed U.S. Senate candidate – Katherine Harris.

We can do so much better. We’ve just got to speak up, speak out, and demand better to get it.

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Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9.

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27 thoughts on “Rubio: 2010’s Katherine Harris – another pathological liar for U.S. Senate”

  1. Integrity and honesty go hand in hand. Marco has neither of these but his followers only blame the media for attacking him. If facts are an attack then our country has gone down the tubes. Marco’s handling of his last campaign for the state legislature showed just how he can waste supporters money. Check it out followers and see how much he raised, spent recklessly against a write in candidate. It’s time to stop him now. Thanks Chris for telling us like it is. No Rubio in 2010.

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  2. From the article……..

    ” having met him I believe Alex Snitker. That is to say, I trust him.”

    You used to feel that way about Rubio.

    “I attended events for Marco, raised money for his campaign, and made a personal campaign contribution all the while writing columns about Rubio – some favorable, and others which could be interpreted as less than favorable.”

    What’s to say that Snitker will be any better? I’m not condemning him, I just wonder what you will be saying about him a year from now.

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  3. When stories first came out about Marco’s involvement with party funds, I told his local coordinator to advise him to come clean and apoligize. Any truth was bound to surface during his campaign. Now it is too late to clear the air. I feel bad about it but when one is out in the public there are few rocks to hide under. Even the current “Great Communicator” has found that out and is running scared even with his telepromptor.

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  4. Chris…I don’t doubt anything you’re saying. Rubio has obviously made some mistakes. I am hopeful that he has learned from them. Any vote for a particular politician is a roll of the dice…you know that.
    Did you put this kind of energy into vetting Scott?….and I will for sure vote for him as well.
    It’s been said that a vote for the young lady in Del. is a wasted vote. You want to readdress that one know? Snitker doesn’t have a prayer…..you know that as well.

    I am your friend and always will be…..but, I hate kool-aid.
    Please lighten up on that one. I have a mind of my own.

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  5. Are you guys brain dead!! The country is going to hell in a handbasket! The dollar will soon be worthless! We will soon be getting VA type healthcare treatment. Gas will soon cost $5.00 a gallon, and you guys are worrying about $4000.00 for a kitchen floor. If Marco votes the way he says he will, I’ll put his kitchen floor in for him!!!! lEARMAN FROM ESTERO

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  6. We are looking for a candidate with simple credability. That is one of the virtues supposed to separate us from liberals.
    Scott and Rubio are seriously laking here. Something is wrong
    when we fire an honest man and endorse a crook. (Bill M.)
    AC

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  7. Honesty is expected and must be the threshhold to earn your vote. If Fidel Castro put new floors in his palace with Party Money, I’m sure Marco would be railing against it. What’s the difference?

    Well said, Chris.

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  8. As this moves forward it appears to be becoming a personal issue. I guess all politics are personal, but I refuse to waste my vote on Snitker who does not have a prayer. The only thing these attacks will do is ensure that Chuckles will be our next Senator. Given that choice I take Rubio.

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  9. How can voting for who you think is the best candidate be considered a “wasted vote?” Chris is right. We, as the voters, need to stand up and vote for who WE think is the best candidate. If you aren’t true to yourself, that is where the problem starts!

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  10. Hey Gary,

    Honesty and politics are like oil and water…..just doesn’t mix well. I would bet if Reagan was running today we could dig up a bunch of poop on him too.

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  11. Rubio has made mistakes, and his biggest was listening to Jim Greer (Crist’s anointed) and accepting the “perks” as part of his benefits of office. Mistakes can be corrected, and lessons learned. The real politician in the worst sense of the word is Charlie Crist, and your articles and support for Snitker are benefiting him greatly. If your attacks are successful, you’ll help elect Crist as Florida’s new Senator. Is that really what you want? I’ve followed your views for some time, agreeing more often than not. On this issue, I think you’re doing Floridians a great disservice.

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  12. rytstuf, you are right. This election will see many people
    looking for an honest candidate and voting for same. Honesty
    and credability are supposed to set Republicans apart from
    the Democrats. Scott and Rubio don’t have it. A vote for them sets a terrible precident for generations to come.

    From: just my view

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  13. Chris – I like your reporting but you are making this personal and it is not as attractive. It sounds to me like Marco is wrong in the incident you describe and he certainly should have disclosed the error and repaid the personal charges. Your advice that would have limited the news cycle to a time period months ago was better than the advice he took. But I am not supporting Marco for saint – only for Senator. He was younger and surrounded by a culture of corruption at the time. However, your comment that Chuckles was not out for profit is absurd.
    For me, after speaking to Marco on several occasions and attending a number of his appearances, I believe he has learned his lesson and will be an honest and dedicated public servant in opposition to the Obama agenda. Can you say the same for Crist? I believe that Marco knows that his future depends on his performance and I believe in him.
    Marco gets my vote.

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  14. When every financial transaction of EVERY Candidate running is submitted to the same scrutany that you are applying to Rubio and all of them are found to be clean and pure, then I will take you seriously. I am not even a Rubio supporter, but I am so tired of these kinds of attacks. I don’t know who you are, but your remarks sound like a personal vendetta.

    All we need in Congress is someone who will vote to STOP THE SPENDING. Anyone who will do that can have my support.

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  15. You’re not going to find the perfect candidate. You’re not going to find the perfect business partner or spouse. The difference is, when you marry or have a business, the choice for your parnter affects you personally and a limited amount of other individuals. When you elect an official you vote for the individual that aligns closest with your views and the direction you want the country to go in. You are not going to agree with them 100% of the time or even 90% of the time. But YOUR vote will affect this nation. YOUR vote does count, but what will YOUR vote do? The Kool-Aid drinker label could also be applied to the folks that believe in a ‘perfect, no-fault candidate’. Pathological Liar is a mighty strong title to give Mr Rubio. Thanks for the info Chris! What lies have Snitker told; wasn’t he a salesman of some sort? I’m glad to know he also served in the USMC, but we all know military service does not automatically qualify as honesty (Kerry, Murtha, McCain) Marco Rubio still has my vote.

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  16. Did you see this article? My take on it: “Don’t blame me I don’t read the bill I just sponsor/ agree with it because the title sounds good” The old adage don’t judge a book by its cover can be used here. We have got to start making these guys responsible for reading what they are agreeing to and this stuff of adding to the bill last minute or I did not know is not good enough. I also attached what was included in the health care bill that no one knew because they did not read it.

    If my business clients ran their companies like that they would have been bankrupt! I enjoy your candidness and call to action keep up the great work .

    Cheryl

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  17. Rubio made a mistake in accepting the largess of Jim Greer, Charlie’s anointed one. Mistakes hurt, but they can also make you better. I read your comments regularly and usually agree, but your condemnation of Rubio is (in my opinion) over the top. If your advice in this case is followed, you’ll assure that Crist becomes the second Florida Democratic Senator. If that’s a good result, I sure don’t want to see a bad one. I believe Rubio and will do everything in my power to see him elected to bring REAL change to Florida and the US.

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  18. I don’t believe in “voting for the lesser of two evils” which is why I didn’t vote in the primary for either Jim Norman or Kevin Ambler.

    To me, voting for someone is a sign of support. Voting for someone I do not support goes against I my principles.

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  19. Hell hath no fury like a word man scorned. Your piece is more than snarky and irreverent. Your wrath is downright nasty.

    Describing Rubio’s behavior as:
    “a reckless spender..possibly illegal..false..pathetic..bunk..disingenuous..lack of trust..snake…having indiscretions…untrustworthy…savior of nation..and pathological liar” all in one piece. WOW, I think you wore out the thesaurus.

    3 QUESTIONS:

    1. If you knew about this since last summer then WHY DID YOU CONTINUE TO SUPPORT RUBIO UNTIL NOW? Methinks your timing is suspicious.

    2. Which Rubio supporters describe him as the savior of the nation? (I thought that was Obama.) Many supporters are only trying to make the most pragmatic choice.

    3. Why insult supporters as Kool-Aid drinkers if these are “indiscretions” and POSSIBLY illegal. Is he guilty until proven innocent? Most of us are drinking tea thank you.

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  20. Chris: This story could have just as well been written a bit differently, replacing Rubio’s name with that of the Republican Party. The Party won’t release the records any sooner than Rubio will, due to the Party wanting nothing more than to put the Party in power, truth or morals be damned.

    Allow me to quote you, changing a minor detail: “I’ve been a Republican my whole life, but I refuse to vote for someone whom I cannot trust just because they have an “R” after their name. I don’t trust the Republican Party. Someone who is so completely devoid of knowing right from wrong as it relates to his own finances and the finances of others can’t be trusted to go to Washington and solve the fiscal mess our country is in.”

    No difference. We are once again forced to go into the polling booth and hold our noses. We can vote for Empty Suit Charlie, Favor Pandering Meek-O-Bama, Rubio, or Alex Who?

    I hope your opines and the press you have generated are an open-door to the consideration of Snitker by mainstream media and the voters.Maybe he really has a chance after all.

    On second thought…..

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  21. WOW!!! What goes on behind closed doors. Im glad you are out there with good information.

    Chris, your a stand up guy. I think people who know you………know whats up. I cant offer much, but if I ever can, you let me know. I stand with you man.

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  22. I agree 100% with Dusty. No one is perfect…. and to Jim in Tampa – not voting at all is a mistake…..unfortunately who amoung us could stand up to the press if we were running for office – we all have done somthing and the press likes to point that out if you are not who they are supporting…..as americans/floridians we have an obligation to vote for the person who at the end of the day will best represent us…to do nothing is the worst thing. I will still vote for Rubio and for Scott. To me–not to vote gives my vote to the others–and I am not going to allow others to vote for me

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  23. Didn’t you work & get fired by Katherine Harris? May be she had reasons, you are trying to make a name for yourself on the backs of the candidates who have hired you. I have found most political consultants are nothing but political whores.

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  24. To: Gottaclue/12:44 a.m.

    You have your facts wrong. I quit working for Katherine, because she, like Marco was a pathological liar.

    What is it about the “facts” that Kool-aid drinking Republicans have such difficulty with?

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