House Speaker Richard Corcoran appeared on C-Span Wednesday morning, pontificating to a national audience about sexual harassment, hurricane recovery and term limits.
A few days earlier, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio got in some air time on a somewhat less-auspicious channel.
The celebrity gossip site TMZ caught Rubio, a Florida Republican, at Reagan airport in D.C. on Monday.
Ignoring the sex scandals rocking Florida’s statehouse and Congress, or any other high-minded topics, the folks at TMZ.com instead honed in on what their inquiring minds want to know: Does Rubio watch the MTV reality show “Floribama Shore?” (which we didn’t even know was a thing).
Rubio said he’s heard of the show but hasn’t seen it.
“We’ve been busy cutting taxes,” he said.
Asked if this could negatively impact the image of Florida and paint Panama City Beach, where the reality show is filmed, as a party town, the Miami Republican said he would have to see it see it first.
The inquisitive TMZ reporter pointed out that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie created a kerfuffle a few years back when he dissed the MTV “Jersey Shore” show, saying it was “bad for New Jersey.”
Rubio said he’d have to wait and see the show before he could comment and indicated he had loftier problems at hand.
“It’s just a TV show. People have a right to put RV shows together. We’ve got a crazy man with nuclear weapons in North Korea,” he said.
The TMZ guy told Rubio he appeared to be in pretty good shape, but the senator didn’t seem to agree.
Saying he hasn’t been working out lately, Rubio said he doesn’t plan on hitting the beach (on national TV) anytime soon.
“After I get a tan and hit the gym, right?” he joked.
— By Jim Turner and Dara Kam.