Marco Rubio just pulled a Kevin McCarthy: Using the Benghazi hearing to campaign against Hillary Clinton

Rubio asks his supporters to "stand with Trey Gowdy as he uncovers the truth about Hillary Clinton"

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published October 22, 2015 6:37PM (EDT)

  (AP/David Goldman)
(AP/David Goldman)

Marco Rubio has undermined Trey Gowdy's paltry plea for his fellow Republicans to refrain from fundraising off the House Select Committee on Benghazi before, and he is up to his old ways again today, building his campaign's email list off the Republican's political farce.

Last year, Gowdy insisted that the investigation into the attacks in Benghazi "ought to be above politics" while the National Republican Congressional Committee launched to solicit donations.

In September, Gowdy was forced to back out off a fundraiser for Rubio that he quietly agreed to headline after news broke that Rubio planned to hold the event at a Hitler art collector’s home on Yom Kippur eve:

And today, while Gowdy's is putting on the biggest prosecutorial performance of his career, Rubio has sent out a tweet seeking to build his campaign's email list by asking supporters to "Stand with Trey Gowdy as he uncovers the truth about Hillary Clinton’s actions as Secretary of State":

Of course, Rubio is not the only Republican presidential candidate to betray Gowdy's assurance that politics has nothing to do with the Benghazi hearing.

For some reason, Mick Huckabee's campaign felt it had to prove to its supporters that the governor was indeed following along with the hearing between campaign stops in Iowa:

In fact, for Huckabee, Clinton's testimony seems to have taken over his Twitter feed today:

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By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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