Not so. Even putting aside the obvious -- why would such a savvy politician continually use a state party credit card for non-party business, requiring him to reimburse the credit card company after the bill had been paid? -- questions remain about the more than $100,000 in charges from Nov. 2006 to Nov. 2008. Read the stories written by The Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times here and here and here and here.
Rubio never released his party credit card records from 2005 and 2006. As a lawmaker, he also raised about $600,000 for two political committees that reimbursed him for tens of thousands of dollars in unitemized meals and travel expenses.
The former Speaker of the House wasn't the worst or the only credit card maven in Florida -- plenty of Republican party leaders and elected officials used the well-tended state party's coffers as personal slush funds. But as the rest of the country now knows, Rubio was undoubtedly was one of the most talented and ambitious Florida Republicans to take advantage of the state party's largesse and sloppy bookkeeping. Whether the issue is relevant to his qualifications as a potential vice president will be up to the Romney campaign and the voters.
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