The Florida Republican has moved his chief of staff, Cesar Conda, over to his political action committee, Reclaim America, where he will serve as a senior adviser. Conda also will continue to advise Rubio's Senate office. Rubio is still decided whether to run for re-election to his Senate seat in 2016 or seek the presidency.
Conda is a veteran Senate and presidential adviser on domestic policy matters, and moving over to Rubio's PAC at this early stage provides the senator's political operation with some policy heft as he prepares for a possible White House bid. From 2001 to 2003, Conda served as assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney for domestic policy, and served in similar capacities in 1996 and 2008 for the presidential campaigns of Republican nominees Bob Dole and Mitt Romney, respectively.
“As we look forward to big things the rest of this year and beyond, this will allow us to maximize our team’s strengths as we work to outline a conservative governing vision for the 21st century and elect a Republican Senate majority,” Rubio said.
Succeeding Conda as chief of staff will be Alberto Martinez, who has served as deputy chief of staff since last year. Todd Reid, Rubio’s state director since 2011, will become the new deputy chief of staff.