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Interesting footnote: Rubio chief gave Ryan (almost) his first job
Posted Aug 11, 2012 by William March
Updated Aug 11, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Here’s an interesting footnote to the story on Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan over Florida favorite Marco Rubio as his running mate: Cesar Conda, now chief of staff in Rubio’s Senate office, hired Ryan as an intern on a House committee staff in 1991—almost but not quite Ryan’s first job in politics.
Conda’s account of how that came about, via an email:
“I had worked for former Sen. Bob Kasten (R-Wisconsin) in the mid-80s/early-90s. In 1990, Paul started off as an intern in the Kasten personal office, where he mostly worked in the mail room.
“The next summer, he interned for me on the Senate Small Business Committee (Kasten was the Ranking Member, and I was the Minority Staff Director). In mid-1992, we had a professional staff position on the Committee open, and I hired Paul when he graduated from college.
So, I’ve known Paul since he was 19 years old. he will make an outstanding Vice President!”
Thanks to Ana Navarro for the tip, BTW.