Conservatives Sideswipe NYT Story on Rubio's Driving Record

By W. James Antle, III | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, June 5, 2015 | Go to article overview

Conservatives Sideswipe NYT Story on Rubio's Driving Record


W. James Antle, III, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


The New York Times is facing conservative blowback for an article on Marco Rubio's driving record.

The Times published a report Friday on traffic violations by the 2016 presidential candidate and his wife. Dig the lede: "Senator Marco Rubio has been in a hurry to get to the top ... But politics is not the only area where Mr. Rubio, a Republican from Florida, has an affinity for the fast track. He and his wife, Jeanette, have also shown a tendency to be in a rush on the road."

Conservatives on social media immediately heaped scorn on the story, making contrasting Rubio's driving record with Ted Kennedy's. Only four of the 17 driving citations since were actually against Rubio himself, with one looming license suspension fought off with a $16 fee, suggesting we are not dealing with high crimes and misdemeanors here.

Twitter users began the hashtag #RubioCrimeSpree to parody the report. Examples included removing tags from mattresses and returning VHS tapes without rewinding. …

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