The New York Times is reporting that GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio has received an inordinate number of traffic citations:
According to a search of the Miami-Dade and Duval County court dockets, the Rubios have been cited for numerous infractions over the years for incidents that included speeding, driving through red lights and careless driving. A review of records dating back to 1997 shows that the couple had a combined 17 citations: Mr. Rubio with four and his wife with 13. On four separate occasions they agreed to attend remedial driving school after a violation.
Wow, 17 traffic tickets is a lot for a couple! Imagine if the candidate had himself racked up 17 tickets. How would the Times have reported that? If the paper’s history is any indication, it wouldn’t have. Consider its reaction to a similar report that appeared in its onetime sister publication, the Boston Globe. The dateline is March 8, 2007, and the focus of the story was another young and rapidly rising presidential candidate with a lengthy history of traffic violations:
Two weeks before the US senator … launched his presidential campaign, he paid parking tickets he received while attending Harvard Law School, officials said yesterday.[He] received 17 parking tickets in Cambridge between 1988 and 1991, according to the city’s Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department.
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