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Rubio opens new Tallahassee digs



Call it a homecoming of sorts.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has opened an office in a city -- and building -- he knows well: the state Capitol.

Office1Having a Tallahassee office will enable Rubio, a former Speaker of the Florida House, to stay in direct contact with state officials, spokesman Alex Conant said Wednesday. Constituents will also be able to swing by for assistance with federal agencies.

Rubio landed the space after seeking help from Gov. Rick Scott last year, Conant said.

"The governor’s staff located the space for us," Conant wrote in an email to The Miami Herald.

The monthly rent is "about $1,300," Conant said. The check goes the Florida House, which Conant said is leasing the office from the state, and subleasing it to Rubio.

Rubio's new digs are on the 21st floor of the Capitol and have a great view of downtown Tallahasee. A copy of the painting Washington Crossing the Delaware is on display in the reception area.

Rubio has other Florida offices in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, Naples, Jacksonville and Pensacola.

His counterpart in the U.S. Senate, Democrat Bill Nelson, has a Tallahassee office in the federal courthouse.


[Last modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 8:31pm]


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