Marco Rubio's lobbyist-heavy staff
Marco Rubio gets a special mention in an interesting new OpenSecrets report about the number of former lobbysts going to work in congressional offices:
...Freshmen members in particular, on both sides of the aisle, may hire ex-lobbyists to help compensate for their own congressional inexperience.
However, of the 38 freshman congressional members in the 112th Congress who hired lobbyists, only two -- Blumenthal and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) -- are Democrats. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) actually hired two lobbyists into his top positions -- Cesar Conda and Sally Canfield. Now his chief of staff, Conda, an experienced lobbyist, represented dozens of clients while working for DC Navigators, and then, Navigators Global. Some of these clients were Visa, New York Life Insurance and GlaxoSmithKline.
Canfield, now working as Rubio’s legislative director, represented Sanofi-Aventis, a global pharmaceutical company.