At one point, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was a Republican presidential contender. Then along came Donald Trump, and Rubio’s presidential ambitions went out the window.
Now, Sen. Rubio is showing the contrast between he and Trump. When Trump was credibly accused by more than a dozen women of the exact same assaulting behavior he described in the Access Hollywood tape, his response was to call them all liars. He’s also repeatedly come to the defense of those accused of assault, including Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, and alleged child molester Roy Moore.
According to a statement released by Rubio’s office, his chief of staff is being fired for “improper conduct” with subordinates. Although the move is likely just smart politics, it’s also a huge improvement against how most Republicans have been handling these situations. You can read the statement from Rubio’s office below:
‘Yesterday afternoon, I was made aware, for the first time, of allegations of improper conduct by my Chief of Staff while under the employment of my office. These allegations were reported directly to me instead of our General Counsel or the Congressional Office of Compliance. Immediately upon receiving this complaint, I along with our General Counsel, began an investigation of this matter.
‘By early this afternoon, I had sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my Chief of Staff had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates. I further concluded that this led to actions which in my judgement amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits.
‘“This evening, I traveled from Florida to Washington D.C. and terminated his employment effective immediately.
‘We have taken steps to ensure that those impacted by this conduct have access to any services they may require now or in the future. Pursuant to the wishes of those victimized by this conduct, we will not be disclosing any further details about the incidents which occurred. We will be formally notifying the appropriate Congressional and Senate administrative offices of this matter when they return to work Monday morning.’
Notably, the name of his chief of staff is not mentioned.
When Rubio posted the statement to Twitter, feedback was largely positive (with exceptions):
— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) January 28, 2018
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