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Wed Dec 30, 2015, 05:50 PM

 

How Rubio Helped His Ex-Con Brother-In-Law Acquire A Real Estate License

Source: Washington Post

By Scott Higham and Manuel Roig-Franzia December 30 at 3:54 PM

When Marco Rubio was majority whip of the Florida House of Representatives, he used his official position to urge state regulators to grant a real estate license to his brother-in-law, a convicted cocaine trafficker who had been released from prison 20 months earlier, according to records obtained by The Washington Post.

In July 2002, Rubio sent a letter on his official statehouse stationery to the Florida Division of Real Estate, recommending Orlando Cicilia “for licensure without reservation.” The letter, obtained by The Washington Post under the Florida Public Records Act, offers a glimpse of Rubio using his growing political power to assist his troubled brother-in-law and provides new insight into how the young lawmaker intertwined his personal and political lives.

Rubio did not disclose in the letter that Cicilia was married to his sister, Barbara, or that the former cocaine dealer was living at the time in the same West Miami home as Rubio’s parents. He wrote that he had known Cicilia “for over 25 years,” without elaborating.

Rubio has avoided discussing Cicilia’s case in detail and has declined to answer questions about his relationship with his brother-in-law. Earlier this month, prior to The Post publishing an article about Cicilia’s case, Rubio declined to answer a written question about whether he had helped win the approval of his brother-in-law’s real estate license.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/how-marco-rubio-helped-his-ex-con-relative-get-a-real-estate-license/2015/12/30/a1d96816-ae7f-11e5-9ab0-884d1cc4b33e_story.html

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Reply How Rubio Helped His Ex-Con Brother-In-Law Acquire A Real Estate License (Original post)
Purveyor Dec 2015 OP
Live and Learn Dec 2015 #1
Iggo Dec 2015 #6
NobodyHere Dec 2015 #7
TexasBushwhacker Dec 2015 #10
Live and Learn Dec 2015 #16
TexasBushwhacker Dec 2015 #18
ManiacJoe Dec 2015 #2
47of74 Dec 2015 #3
Wellstone ruled Dec 2015 #4
DirkGently Dec 2015 #5
truthisfreedom Dec 2015 #13
rladdi Dec 2015 #8
enid602 Dec 2015 #9
Unknown Beatle Dec 2015 #11
dem in texas Dec 2015 #12
Dawson Leery Dec 2015 #14
Live and Learn Dec 2015 #17
Cracklin Charlie Dec 2015 #15
Sunlei Dec 2015 #19
niyad Dec 2015 #20
dembotoz Dec 2015 #21
tabasco Dec 2015 #22
passiveporcupine Dec 2015 #23

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 06:06 PM

1. Ex-Cons need jobs too. The question here should be why does someone need to know someone with

influence to get a job. There need to be ways for people to move back in to society without favors from those in power.

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 06:31 PM

6. Fact.

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 06:36 PM

7. Excellent post

 

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 08:20 PM

10. Yes ex-cons need jobs BUT

A former cocaine trafficker has no business being a real estate agent. Real estate is a common way to launder drug money, especially in Florida.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #10)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:59 PM

16. Ending the drug war and legalizing them would easily solve that problem. nt

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Response to Live and Learn (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:28 PM

18. Considering the glacial speed of legalizing marijuana

I don't see legalizing cocaine anywhere on the horizon.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 06:07 PM

2. Why is all the the important info always buried at the

bottom of the articles?

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 06:18 PM

3. And if a Democrat had done this you know Rubio and the rest of the GOP dumbf--k bus...

...would be standing by with the boards and nails to crucify said Democrat.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 06:20 PM

4. Probably Iceberg tip?

Privilege or just outright corruption.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 06:27 PM

5. "the money has never been found."


$15 million in cocaine-trafficking money just wandered off somewhere, all on its lonesome?

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Response to DirkGently (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:41 PM

13. Woo-hoo!

That's a lotta cash to disappear.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 07:12 PM

8. Nor has Rubio broke his silence on using cocaine.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 08:18 PM

9. at last

Finally. A Repiblican in favor of rehabilitating convicts. Or at least some. I guess you just shoot the others on the street without a trial.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:32 PM

11. That's just a glimpse into what

a Rubio presidency would be like. Full of nepotism and cronyism.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 09:38 PM

12. Major Cocaine Dealer

Brother-in-law was not small potatoes, but worked for one of the biggest cocaine dealers in the Miami area back when Miami was the cocaine capital of the US. So surprised that this hasn't come up earlier.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:28 PM

14. How many children got drugs from Rubio's brother in law?

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Response to Dawson Leery (Reply #14)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:00 PM

17. Think of the children, Then send them off to war. nt

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 10:44 PM

15. Is there a reason he chose to be a realtor?

I thought realtors had to attend special training, in order to be certified?

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:35 PM

19. convicted of distributing $15 million worth of cocaine. regular citizen would be in prison for life

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Dec 30, 2015, 11:43 PM

20. ssdd

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 11:45 AM

21. would be laudable if this was not a one off.....if not family you rot is prison the gop way

take care of their own at least if they can do it quietly

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 11:55 AM

22. The only reason republican-types engage in politics

 

is to enrich themselves and their friends.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 05:02 PM

23. Interesting

Unlike some states, Florida does not prohibit felons from holding real estate licenses. Their applications are considered on a “case-by-case basis” by seven members of the Florida Real Estate Commission, who are appointed by the governor. The governor, at that time, was Rubio’s political mentor, Jeb Bush


And the money was never found.

I am all for helping convicts get back into a normal life, and I can see why this job would be good for a felon...how many other jobs out there will they be able to get?

But still...this has me bothered a little.

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