In the compelling personal narrative that has helped propel Florida Senator Marco Rubio to national political stardom, one chapter has gone completely untold: Rubio spent his childhood as a faithful Mormon.
Rubio was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with his family at around the age of eight, and remained active in the faith for a number of years during his early youth, family members told BuzzFeed.
Rubio spokesman Alex Conant confirmed the story to BuzzFeed. Conant said Rubio returned to the Catholic church a few years later with his family, receiving his first communion on Christmas day in 1984 at the age of 13.
Addendum here, the piece is as excellent as it is intriguing but has the odd suggestion that Rubio's publisher's releasing of three tidbits about Rubio's autobiography (including one about his Mormon past) is somehow damage control by Rubio. Not sure what that means, considering it's going to be part of the autobiography and the BuzzFeed piece does not indicate that Rubio is against Mormonism and it indicates that it was Rubio who wanted the family to convert back to Catholicism (so if Rubio were anti-LDS, this would vindicate him). On the other hand, Rubio's clearly image conscious, so his staff might have wanted a measure of control by pushing out a pre-emptive just-in-case positive piece that happened to dovetail with the publisher's plan.