Barack Obama has become known as the “part-time president” due to his excessive golfing. In fact, since taking office, Obama has played well over 200 rounds of golf. He spends more time playing golf than receiving intel briefings.
Some say this could have been predicted. As a U.S. senator, Obama missed 24.2% of his votes, most of them after he decided to run for the presidency.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the attendance rates of the four GOP senators running for president: Cruz (announced), Paul (announced), Rubio (announced), and Graham (announcement pending).
Cruz has missed 10.8% of his votes. Since the beginning of the year, he has missed 26.4% of his votes.
Paul has missed 3.1% of his votes. Since the beginning of the year, he has missed 1.1% of his votes.
Rubio has missed 8.3% of his votes. Since the beginning of the year, he missed 18.4% of his votes.
Graham has missed (including his House tenure) 4.5% of his votes. Since the beginning of the year, he has missed 12.6% of his votes.
Since the first of them was elected in 2010, Cruz and Rubio have the worst attendance records in the Senate (disregarding [mc_name name=’Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’K000360′ ]’s missed time due to his stroke and recovery). Cruz was forced to miss the critical Loretta Lynch vote due to a scheduling conflict with a fundraiser, and claimed that an absence was the equivalent of voting no.
It appears that since primary season hit full swing, only Paul has made showing up to work a priority. The other three seem to be choosing the lame duck route, which is unfortunate since they are depriving their constituents of representation.