For Marco and Mrs. Rubio, life moves pretty fast.
According to a New York Times analysis of Miami-Dade and Duval County court records, the Florida senator has been cited for traffic violations four times and his wife, Jeanette, 13 times since 1997. The pair have both appeared in court to defend their citations and attended driving school.
You can view the tickets, collected by the Times, here.
Among Senator Rubio’s violations is a citation for running a red light in 2011, which, after failing to pay a court fee, resulted in his license facing suspension from the Miami-Dade court system. The fee was eventually paid and the case was dismissed. In 2009, three years earlier, he took his second driver training class since 1997 as a result of a Duval County speeding ticket.
His wife, former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Jeanette Dousdebes, was caught in 2009 going 23 mph over the speed limit of 35 in a white Cadillac and, after paying $305 and agreeing to attend a four-hour driver improvement course, failed to attend the course — landing her with another fine of $34.
Then, in 2010, she paid $185 for going 23 in a 15mph school zone, and, after what was now $1,000 in speeding tickets, the Rubios hired Alex Hanna, a lawyer with the slogan “Have you received a traffic ticket? Don’t pay it.”
The Times reported that Hanna helped get two of Marco’s traffic tickets dismissed and seven of Jeanette’s last eight cleared.