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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-02-11 03:37 PM
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Marco Rubio takes another teaching job at FIU; questionable ties to 2008 unadvertised job linger
Marco Rubio returns to the classroom, teaching "Florida politics" at FIU

Lesley Clark on June 2, 2011 reports:

The Florida senator -- who previously taught political science at the Miami school -- is returning to academia while holding down his senatorial duties. He'll earn $24,000 a year for the gig -- which his office says has been cleared by the Senate Ethics Committee.

"I love teaching," the Miami Republican told the Shark Tank blog which first reported the new job. Spokesman Alex Burgos said Rubio was invited by FIU to take up a course he had taught from 2008 through 2010.

Rubio in May began teaching as a newly hired senior fellow. He'll co-teach four courses at the School of International and Public Affairs over the next year. His current class is "Florida Politics."

Rubio's ties to FIU were questioned during his Senate run in 2010 when critics questioned how he in 2008 landed a $69,000 a year, part-time job as trustees grappled with a budget shortfall that led to tuition hikes and the loss of 23 degree programs and 200 jobs.


Yes, Mr. Rubio, we all had questions about your prior "teaching position" at FIU immediately after you left the Speakership of the Florida House in 2008.

Senate run puts Rubio's ties to FIU under fiscal scrutiny

December 13, 2009

MIAMI Florida International University leaders were eager for one of their hometown legislators to become speaker of the House, and Marco Rubio delivered.

"We had a great year," FIU's lobbyist said of millions in new funding in 2007, crediting Rubio and the Miami-Dade delegation.

The following year, as term limits forced Rubio to exit the Legislature and contemplate his next political move, FIU offered him a $69,000, part-time job that was never publicly advertised.

Critics questioned Rubio's soft landing as FIU trustees grappled with a $32 million budget shortfall that led to tuition hikes and the loss of 23 degree programs and 200 jobs.

Then came uncomfortable comparisons to another Republican House speaker Ray Sansom who steered $35 million to a Panhandle college and then took a job there.


It illuminates the sway a handful of top elected officials have over taxpayer money and reflects a state college and university system that has become a friendly employment service for lawmakers who once oversaw their budgets.

Rubio denied playing favorites, saying FIU's overall funding was not out of line with other universities.

Let's recall that when Rubio was Speaker of the House in 2007-2008, FIU suddenly became one of his priorities:

1. In 2007, Rubio orchestrated a $15 million hurricane center to be built at FIU, and to receive immediate funding.

2. In 2008, $2.5 million went to FIU for a student academic support center.

3. Also in 2008:

.... there were 52 projects on a list for potential matching grant awards but only nine were funded. Of those, five were from FIU, for a total of $1.3 million, including its Frost Art Museum and graduate school of business.

4. And a bright, shiny new medical school:

.....When it came to enhancing FIU's prestige, no project compared to a new medical school. ..... In 2007, FIU got more than $5 million in recurring dollars, followed by another $6 million in 2008.

So, as Speaker of the House in 2007-2008, Marco Rubio steered tens of millions of dollars to his hometown school, in the face of budgetary crises, tuition hikes and job losses.

And when he was term-limited out at the end of 2008, he accepted an unadvertised part-time job at FIU, paying $69,000 a year.

From Lesley Clark at the Miami Herald's Naked Politics blog:

June 2, 2011

Florida Democrats call for Marco Rubio to give up his new gig

That didn't take long. Hours after news broke that Marco Rubio is back teaching part-time at FIU, the state's Democratic party is calling for Rubio to "return the money to Floridas taxpayers and resign from the job."

"Clearly, lessons in ethics and propriety didnt come with Marco Rubios move to Washington," Florida Democratic Party spokesman Eric Jotkoff said. "As Speaker of the Florida House, Rubio steered millions of dollars to FIU, then got a $69,000 per year sweetheart job. Now, Rubio is at it again receiving another job from his buddies at the same school. Floridians didnt stand by Rubios protg, disgraced Speaker Ray Sansom, for his improper college job, and we wont let Rubio get away with it either. Just like he had to turn in his RPOF AmEx card, Rubio needs to stop bilking Floridas taxpayers by immediately resigning from this job and return any money he took to Floridas taxpayers."

Rubio's camp calls it a "completely expected partisan attack" and notes the job passed muster with the Democratic-led Senate Ethics Committee.

But Rubio says not to worry, because he is assuring us that the US Senate Ethics Committee has blessed it. I wouldn't accept anything Marco Rubio claims as the truth.

Might be a good idea to follow up with Senator Barbara Boxer, the head of the Senate Ethics Committee.

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RockaFowler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-02-11 03:42 PM
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1. He is slime pure and simple
Disgusted that this state voted for 2 crooks in the last election. Or did we?? Still not buying it. Floridians can't be THAT STUPID - can they??
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OHdem10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-02-11 03:44 PM
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2. Excellent platform for spreading the SMall to NO Government Gospel.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-02-11 08:47 PM
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3. Marco Rubio, BFEE
Handing off the fasces, er, sword to a new generation of leedur.

The Apprentice: Jeb Bush, the man behind Marco Rubio

So, the guy's a double-dipping dip. Wouldn't be the first in his class.
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