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Rubio Fires Chief of Staff Over 'Allegations of Improper Conduct' With Subordinates

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during a Republican primary night celebration rally at Florida International University in Miami, Fla., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Rubio is ending his campaign for the Republican nomination for president after a humiliating loss in his home state of Florida. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Senator Marco Rubio has fired his chief of staff, Clint Reed. The Florida senator said he made the decision to let Reed go after he was made aware “of allegations of improper conduct” by Reed “while under the employment of my office. These allegations were reported directly to me instead of our General Counsel oer the Congressional Office of Compliance,” he explained on Twitter Saturday night. “Immediately upon receiving this complaint, I along with our General Counsel, began an investigation of this matter.”

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

That is why, in the evening, Rubio “traveled from Florida to Washington D.C.” in order to terminate Reed’s employment “effective immediately.”

Until being fired, Reed had a long and distinguished career in the Republican Party. He worked for former President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign in 2004, managing grassroots outreach. From 2004 to 2007, he served as the executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas, which he followed up with a gig as the regional political director for the RNC from 2007 to 2009.

In 2008, Reed was named by Time magazine as “one of the three most important people in America not running for President.” He was also included in Campaigns and Elections‘ 2013 “Influencers 500” list of influential people in politics around the U.S.