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February 18, 2020


Back on January 20, when the Senate was still feigning deliberation on witnesses and documents in the impeachment trial, I wrote to both of our Florida senators to urge them to vote to hear witnesses and admit documentation. That was all–theoretically something that Republicans could also accept. Yes, of course I know it was a quixotic gesture, but that’s what’s good citizens are supposed to do, right?

Their boilerplate responses say a lot about both Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.

Rubio’s reply came within a few days. It spent two paragraphs explaining what impeachment is and how it works. And then he wrote: “Impeaching a president is an extremely divisive and consequential decision. If this process moves forward to the Senate for a trial and vote, I will continue to approach it thoughtfully. I commit to only act on the basis of facts and in the best interests of the nation.” That was it.

Scott didn’t get back to me until February 14 after the Senate impeachment vote  with the following:

“Thank you for contacting me regarding the acquittal of President Donald J. Trump. [Comment: I did not contact him regarding the acquittal.]

“Ultimately, the information presented to the Senate by House Democrats and White House Counsel demonstrated that there was zero evidence for impeaching the President. On February 5, 2020, I joined my colleagues to vote for acquittal of all charges of impeachment against the President.

“Our Founding Fathers feared that impeachment could be used as a partisan tool by partisan actors, and their fears were realized with this recent impeachment charade led by Speaker Pelosi. An act as divisive as impeachment should have bipartisan backing and overwhelming support and should be a last resort when there are high crimes and misdemeanors. That is why I have filed a constitutional amendment to raise the threshold to approve articles of impeachment in the House of Representatives from a simple majority to a super-majority vote of three-fifths. After the circus we saw in the House, it is clear changes need to be made.”

I didn’t expect much from Rick Scott, but seriously…”zero evidence”?!

Here’s the difference in style between Rubio and Scott in a nutshell. Rubio pretends to be considering different points of view, but somehow always ends up voting the party line. Scott doesn’t even make a pretense of that. He’s full-on Trumpian zealot, complete with an attack on Nancy Pelosi and “the circus we saw in the House.” In the end, of course, the result is the same.

And neither of them addressed the issue I had contacted them about.

This is where eight years of voter suppression under Governor Rick Scott has gotten us. Scott was elected senator in 2018 by 10,033 votes out of 8.2 million cast–so close that it went to a manual recount. The state governor race was equally close.

It’s time to get rid of them both. Rubio is up for election in 2022. We’re stuck with Scott until 2024.

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