In July 2002, Marco Rubio sent a letter recommending his brother-in-law, who had served time in prison for cocaine trafficking, for a real estate license in Florida, according to a report in the Washington Post.
At the time, Rubio was the majority whip of the state House of Representatives. Now, the Republican U.S. senator is running for president in 2016.
“I have known Mr. Cicilia for over 25 years,” Rubio wrote. “I recommend him for licensure without reservation. If I can be of further assistance on this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.”
Cicilia had served 11 1/2 years in federal prison for a cocaine trafficking conviction and was released one year and eight months prior to Rubio’s July 2002 letter, according to the Post. He was convicted in 1989 for distributing $15 million of cocaine.
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