Florida's senator-to-be Marco Rubio starts his Washington career today with some amazingly high expectations: "No Republican in memory has come to Washington with such fanfare," cries Politico. Today's Washington Post ranks him at No. 10 among 2012 Republican presidential hopefuls. That's just two places behind Mike Huckabee, whom Rubio backed in the 2008 primary. (Mitt Romney ranks as No. 1)
The Rubio fanfare begins with an 8:30 a.m. with a meeting with his fellow Florida senator, Democrat Bill Nelson. The two will meet at Nelson's Senate office. Then there's a mid morning photo op with Republican leader Mitch McConnell who is meeting with all GOP senators-elect.
Also in town for this week's orientation meetings in the House: Rep.-elect David Rivera, who appeared last night on Al Punto with Jorge Ramos; Frederica Wilson, whose penchant for wearing hats has led to speculation of a confrontation with the House's no-headgear on the floor ban; and Rep.elect Allen West, whose pick last week of a controversial radio talk show host as his chief of staff ended in controversy.