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Gingrich hires former Rubio campaign staffer to direct Florida operation



Newt Gingrich is hiring as his Florida director Jose Mallea, who helped steer Marco Rubio's come-from-behind victory in the 2010 Senate race, reports Beth Reinhard of the National Journal.

Mallea's move is likely to fuel speculation that Rubio will endorse Gingrich, though the freshman senator has said he would stay neutral in the primary. Gingrich and other candidates have dropped his name as a likely running mate. Rubio had an autographed picture of Gingrich on his desk when he served in the Florida Legislature and brought it with him to Washington, Mallea said.

"For those of us who came up in politics in the mid 1990s, he's someone we admired,'' Mallea said. "He's so intelligent on the issues and understands where we need to go as a country.'" (story here)

[Last modified: Sunday, December 11, 2011 6:29pm]


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