The New York Times, the paper of record with a combined 114 Pulitzer Prizes, has really outdone itself with its latest shocker. It's the kind of in-depth investigation that could change the course of American politics forever. The Gray Lady has found that Marco Rubio and his wife Jeanette have — gasp — gotten more than a few traffic tickets while driving in Miami. That's an especially surprising revelation considering Miami is widely known as the world's mecca of good driving.
Reporters Alan Rappeport and Steve Ederb (yes, this is clearly the kind of complicated story that required the manpower of two reporters, and please note that Kitty Bennett is credited with contributing as well) found that since 1997, Marco Rubio has been cited for four traffic infractions. His wife has received 13.
Rubio's first ticket was in 1997, when a Florida State Trooper cited him for reckless driving. He also received a ticket for speeding in Duval County, a red-light-camera citation, and one for failing to stop at a stop sign. His wife's driving record includes numerous stops for speeding (including once in a school zone), and her license faced suspension on three occasions (though it's unclear if it was suspended).
The Times has even bothered to put some of those tickets online in an interactive gallery. What a great use of Florida's progressive open-record laws!
Back in reality, the only thing that's kind of surprising about this story is the Rubios' use of the services of traffic ticket lawyer Alex Hanna.
The only real result of all of this is that Hanna should see a spike in business. Sorry, Ticket Clinic.
Minor traffic history has never played any real role in presidential politics, and Rubio's record is shockingly clean for a Miamian. His wife's history shouldn't be much of a problem either. Hey, George W. Bush was elected president after his wife killed a guy after slamming her car into him.