Press release from U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL): Chief of Staff fired over ‘improper conduct’

Clint Reed (Source: Linkedin)

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has released the following statement:

“Yesterday afternoon, I was made aware, for the first time, of allegations of improper conduct by my Chief of Staff [Clint Reed] while under the employment of my office. These allegations were reported directly to me instead of our General Counsel or the Congressional Office of Compliance. Immediately upon receiving this complaint, I along with our General Counsel, began an investigation of this matter.

“By early this afternoon, I had sufficient evidence to conclude that while employed by this office, my Chief of Staff had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates. I further concluded that this led to actions which in my judgement amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits.

“This evening, I traveled from Florida to Washington D.C. and terminated his employment effective immediately.

“We have taken steps to ensure that those impacted by this conduct have access to any services they may require now or in the future. Pursuant to the wishes of those victimized by this conduct, we will not be disclosing any further details about the incidents which occurred. We will be formally notifying the appropriate Congressional and Senate administrative offices of this matter when they return to work Monday morning.”

From Reed most recently managed Rubio’s successful U.S. Senate re-election campaign, which earned the most total votes of any candidate, at any level, in Florida’s history. Prior to that he managed Rubio’s presidential primary campaigns in Iowa and Florida.

A native of Arkansas, Reed has been a partner at Impact Management Group (IMG), a public affairs firm headquartered in Little Rock with clients that have included federal, state and local political campaigns; the Republican Governors Association; trade associations; and businesses.

Earlier in his career, Reed served as Southeast Regional Political Director for the Republican National Committee (RNC) from 2007-2009, a multi-state portfolio that included Florida. During this period, Reed led the get-out-the-vote program that re-elected Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss in a special election and played a key role in re-electing Republican governors in Mississippi and Louisiana.

He has also served as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Arkansas and successfully managed grassroots operations for the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election in Arkansas. Clint earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, where he has been inducted in the school’s Basketball Hall of Fame. 

He received his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. 

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