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Marco Rubio Stuck in the Basement

posted at 11:23 pm on January 6, 2011 by

While I was on Capitol Hill to cover Wednesday’s swearing-in of the 112th Congress, I dropped by Marco Rubio’s office:

Alas, poor Marco! Florida’s Tea Party superstar has been stuck in a temporary office in the basement, behind the cafeteria, on a dead-dead corridor across the hall from the Senate stationery store!
The new senator himself wasn’t in — “spending some family time” after the swearing-in, his receptionist said. Rubio’s office is next door to the temporary office of newly-elected Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana. A staffer in Coats’ office explained to me that unlike the House — where departing members are whisked out of their offices and the new members whisked in before the swearing-in — the Senate gives departing members up to five months to clear out of their offices. So new senators like Rubio and Coats might not be in their permanent offices until May.

You can read the rest of my report (including video interviews with new GOP congresswomen Ann Marie Buerkle and Renee Ellmers) at The Other McCain.

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Doesn’t matter. Wherever Rubio stands, that’s America.

cthulhu on January 6, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Doesn’t matter. Wherever Rubio stands, that’s America.

cthulhu on January 6, 2011 at 11:27 PM


cmsinaz on January 7, 2011 at 6:41 AM

Five months to clear out of their offices? Just what are they doing in there? Collecting outstanding bribes?

Just shows you how very important a Senator is. They are just a special class of people. It would be unbecoming if a Senator moved his fat ass out of there in a mere five weeks. Or five minutes, which is what the average employee gets.

I still think Rubio should have been governor of Florida because that is a better path to the White House than the Senate. People don´t age well in the Senate. I hope Rubio will be ok.

el gordo on January 7, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Five months to clear out of their offices?

Well, their terms are six years, as opposed to two years in the House, and I think this rule must have something to do with that difference. If a newly-elected Representative isn’t good to go on Day One of his term, he’s losing 1/730th of his term for every day of reduced effectiveness — six months is 1/4 of his term — whereas a Senator could be MIA for six months and still have 11/12ths of his term left. Which is why a bad drunk like Ted Kennedy could get away with being a Senator for 40-plus years, I suppose.

The Other McCain on January 7, 2011 at 12:49 PM

I wouldn’t mind being stuck in the basement with Marco Rubio. Mmm hmmm, mama like.

RachDubya on January 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

People pack up their home and move more quickly than that.

Five months is ridiculous.

INC on January 7, 2011 at 8:01 PM

The meaning of “That all men are created equal” in our Declaration of Independence was that there are no “divine-right” royals and no natural aristocrats as a higher species of man. We all rank the same under government. Since senators are not special species of Americans this five month grace is much too un-American and should change. Of course, it would take the senators to change it but I guess too many of the bastards like being treated as a higher species.

Chessplayer on January 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM