For Rubio, family is not far in the Capitol
The half-brother of House Speaker Marco Rubio's wife is getting an intimate look at state government this session.
Carlos Fleites, a student at Tallahassee Community College, was looking to learn more about the political process and Rubio asked chief of staff Bob Ward if he knew of any part-time work outside the House, Rubio spokeswoman Jill Chamberlin told the Buzz. Ward sent Fleites' resume to his Senate counterpart, David Coburn.
Fleites has been working in Senate Administration, providing assistance to lawmakers and committees. He earns $12.32 an hour, the standard rate for same level part-time state employees. "He is an excellent employee and we are happy to have him as a part of the Senate," said Kathy Mears, spokeswoman for Senate President Ken Pruitt.