New York Times Shocker: Marco Rubio and His Wife Are Typical Miami Drivers!

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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. They've 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 that 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 4 traffic infractions. His wife has received 13. 

Rubio's first ticket was in 1997 when a Florida Highway Patrol trooper cited him for reckless driving. He's also received a ticket for speeding in Duval County, a red light camera ticket and one for failing to stop at a stop sign. Ms. Rubio's driving record includes numerous stop for speeding (including once in a school zone) and her license faced suspension on three occasions (though its unclear if it ever was actually 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 is kind of surprising about this is that the Rubio's use the services of traffic ticket lawyer extraordinaire Alex Hanna. 

The only real result of all of this is that Hanna should end up seeing a spike in business. Sorry, Ticket Clinic. 

Minor traffic history has never really played any real role in presidential politics, and Mr. Rubio's record is shockingly clean for a Miamian in all honesty. Ms. Rubio's history shouldn't be much of a problem either. Hey, George W. Bush was elected president and his wife killed a guy with her car that one time.


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