Sen. Marco Rubio fired his chief of staff Saturday after allegations arose of "improper conduct" with employees in the senator's office, USA Todayreported Sunday. He joined Mr. Rubio's staff in December 2016 after managing his presidential campaign in Iowa, South Carolina and Florida. Reed had been working for Rubio since October 2015.
Rubio said he first learned of the accusations against Reed on Friday afternoon, after they were directly reported to him. Immediately upon receiving this complaint, I along with our General Counsel, began an investigation of this matter.
Rubio didn't name Reed in his statement but said his chief of staff's improper relations with subordinates led to "threats to withhold employment benefits".
Rubio, who has held his position in the U.S. Senate since 2011, continued, "This evening, I traveled from Florida to Washington D.C. and terminated his employment effective immediately".
He said "the appropriate Congressional and Senate administrative offices" would be informed of the firing Monday morning.
As Hillary Clinton continues to dodge heat for protecting a 2008 campaign advisor accused of sexual harassment, Republican senator Marco Rubio is providing a counter-example of what protecting staff members looks like.
Reed has not made any comment on any of his known social media accounts.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Rubio's office declined further office out of respect for the wishes of those victimized. Reed also served as regional political director for the Republican National Committee and executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas. In 2005, the Arkansas GOP, along with then-treasurer Charles Mazander, were fined a combined $360,000 by the Federal Elections Commission (FEC).