March 02, 2012 at 2:10 pm
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is asking the Florida Commission on Ethics to close a complaint filed against him during his 2010 campaign, which alleges he misused Republican campaign money for personal expenses.
Rubio wrote to the commission yesterday and requested they resolve the matter quickly, noting that long as it remains open, his opponents can claim he’s under investigation.
“This complaint was filed for political reasons, and those who support the direction this president is taking our country will undoubtedly attempt to exploit it for political reasons,” Rubio wrote in the letter. “I’m not going to let them do that.”
The complaint, filed by a Democratic Donor, cited news stories about Rubio which surfaced during his 2010 Senate campaign against then-Gov. Charlie Crist. It alleges Rubio charged personal expenses to his party-issued credit card and used his influence to obtain consulting work.
In his letter, Rubio said the commission waited 16 months before letting him know the complaint existed and has not worked to resolve the matter in over six months.
Rubio, who is considered a top candidate to be the Republican Party’s vice president, told the commission to wrap-up their work.
“I have valid reasons for wanting this absurd complaint dismissed as soon as possible,” Rubio wrote. “Just this week, a publication in Washington published an article pointing out that the Democratic National Committee and at least one third party group affiliated with President Obama’s campaign are actively shopping misleading negative stories about me to the press.”