February 26th, 2010
11:05 AM ET
12 years ago

Rubio says double-billing for flights a 'mistake'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/09/art.rubio1.gi.jpg caption="Marco Rubio said Friday he mistakenly double-billed eight flights to the state of Florida and the Republican Party of Florida."](CNN) - A day after denying any improprieties with his use of a Florida Republican Party credit card, Senate candidate Marco Rubio says he has discovered he erroneously double-billed both the party and the state of Florida for several flights while he was House Speaker.

Rubio, who is currently battling Gov. Charlie Crist for the GOP Senate nomination, said in a statement that eight official state business flights, totaling $3,000, had inadvertently been charged to both the state and the party.

"Billing the Party was a mistake which needs to be fixed," said Rubio in a statement. "So, out of an abundance of caution, I am personally reimbursing the Party for the cost of all 8 flights."

The Florida House Speaker is eligible for complete reimbursement for any travel related to official state duties. Rubio's campaign notes that when he was Speaker he saved taxpayers $32,000 by only charging the state for eight flights out of hundreds taken.

Filed under: 2010 • Florida • Marco Rubio
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jim

    One word!!! Crook!!!!!

    February 26, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. Chuck Anaheim Ca.

    thats what they all say when they get get caught red handed. Just more republicant shenanigans.

    February 26, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Yep – like most southern republicans, the error was in getting caught.

    February 26, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Dave

    He's correcting the double billing out of "an abundance of caution?" Come on. If he really had an abundance of caution this never would have happened in the first place. He's paying for it because he knows a spotlight is being shined on him. Slimy to get caught stealing and then claim it's caution. Sad his supporters will look the other way.

    February 26, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. vegage

    Definitely, this is a corrupted minded guy. Now Floridians can start to see the real corrupted politician.

    February 26, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. mark

    Such a small matter! Rubio was a great congressman for Florida and be an even greater US senator.

    February 26, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |