January 1, 2016

MAYBE HE'S JUST A FAN OF REHABILITATION?:

As GOP Whip, Rubio Helped Ex-Con Brother-in-Law Get Real Estate License (Margaret Hartmann, 12/31/15, New York)

While serving in Florida's House of Representatives, Marco Rubio had a number of financial problems, including misuse of a Republican Party credit card. The senator's messy finances may become a bigger campaign issue if he moves up in the race, and now the Washington Post has added a much simpler ethical issue to the list. The paper reports that in July 2002, when Rubio was majority whip of the Florida House of Representatives, he sent a letter on official stationery recommending that the Florida Division of Real Estate grant his brother-in-law a real-estate license. The problem: Rubio failed to note that Orlando Cicilia is married to his sister, Barbara, and Cicilia had recently been released from prison after being convicted of distributing $15 million worth of cocaine.

"I have known Mr. Cicilia for over 25 years," Rubio wrote, without noting that he was living with Rubio's parents at the time. "I recommend him for licensure without reservation. If I can be of further assistance on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me directly."

Posted by at January 1, 2016 10:37 AM

  

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