WSJ: Rubio not a ‘profile in courage’ on sugar vote

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The Wall Street Journal’s conservative editorial page singled out Marco Rubio for criticism Monday because of his vote to help block a bill aimed at reforming sugar quotas

The newspaper called the quota program “egregious” and listed 16 Republican senators who voted to maintain it last week.

“The usual sugar beet and sugar cane state suspects dominate the list, but one name leaps out — Mr. Rubio, the freshman from Florida who won his seat in 2010 while running as a tea party favorite in opposition to the crony capitalism and government meddling of the Obama Administration,” a Journal editorial said. “Mr. Rubio nonetheless voted against consumers and for the big sugar-cane producers, including Florida’s Fanjul family. Mr. Rubio thus voted to the left of the 16 Democrats who joined 30 Republicans in supporting sugar reform. … (The) Floridian was not a profile in courage on this issue, or even a profile.”

Via The News Service of Florida.

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