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Rubio breaks out the tweed sportcoat



Marco Rubio is adding professor to his burgeoning resume.

The Miami Republican and outgoing House Speaker will begin teaching a course on state politics and elections this fall at Florida International University. Rubio has also just started a stint as visiting scholar at the school's Metropolitan Center, a think tank headed up by friend Dario Moreno.

"I'm very excited. It's a good opportunity to interact with people, get the perspective of young students," the 37-year-old Rubio tells the Buzz. Rubio went to the University of Florida for undergrad and got a law degree from the University of Miami in 1996.

(see the jump for his views on the latest Seminole Tribe gambling development)

Rubio said he respects the governor's right to ask the state Supreme Court for a re-hearing on the Seminole Tribe gambling compact. But he said the whole issue could have been avoided if Crist had brought the deal to the Legislature.

"If they would have offered that from the beginning , we wouldn't be here right now. We'd have an operative compact that is fair to the people of Florida and fair to the Seminole Tribe."

Rubio does not think the Legislature will get a crack at negotiating a new deal (one he said should be limited to slots only, not card games) this year, due to the complexity of the issue and upcoming elections.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:30am]


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