Heard on the Hill: Rubio Aide Quits After Arrest
Michael Brennan, an aide to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), has resigned his position in the Senator’s office following the staffer’s arrest Saturday on charges of domestic violence.
Brennan, Rubio’s regional director for southwest Florida, and his wife, Kelly, got into a domestic dispute Friday night.
Kelly Brennan told police that after her husband pushed her to the garage floor, she pretended to pass out. She accused her husband of rolling her up in the carpet onto which she had fallen and then kicking and punching the carpet with her inside.
When he was through, he left her, still wrapped in the carpet, and went to relieve the baby sitter.
Kelly Brennan said she unrolled herself and went to confront her husband in front of the baby sitter, but this did not go well and the baby sitter was asked to leave.
Michael Brennan then allegedly pushed his wife into the wall. Kelly Brennan called the police, but her husband took off before they arrived. His wife tracked him to a Quality Inn Suites after checking his credit card activity.
Rubio’s office learned Brennan was arrested over the weekend, Rubio spokesman Alex Conant tells HOH.
“We take these charges very seriously and are disturbed about the incident,” Conant told reporters Sunday. “We are monitoring the situation and are awaiting further details.”
By early Monday morning, however, Conant tells HOH that Brennan was placed on administrative leave “pending an internal investigation of the underlying facts.”
Since the incident, Kelly Brennan has twice asked that her husband be released. She said she will no longer be pressing charges. Michael Brennan was released on $1,000 bond. His lawyer insists Brennan is innocent.