During his State of the Union response last night, thirsty Florida senator Marco Rubio highlighted his humble roots and his devotion to his salt-of-the-earth community:
"Mr. President, I still live in the same working class neighborhood I grew up in. My neighbors aren't millionaires. They're retirees who depend on Social Security and Medicare. They're workers who have to get up early tomorrow morning and go to work to pay the bills. They're immigrants, who came here because they were stuck in poverty in countries where the government dominated the economy ... I don't oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors."
What Rubio neglected to mention is that this home of his has been up for sale for $675,000 since November and that he's moving his family to D.C. as soon as he can get rid of it, in order to spend more time with his kids.
The part about Rubio being "working-class" will still be true for the foreseeable future, however, regardless of where he relocates: According to his 2011 financial disclosure, Rubio was the Senate's poorest member, with liabilities in range of $550,004 to $1,250,000. A book deal certainly helped, but he still has a long way to go before he'd have to worry about the Buffett Rule. Perhaps mentioning his home last night was a shrewd, subtle play for free publicity for his listing. If so, well played.