Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday will announce two staff additions: Alberto Martinez as deputy chief of staff, and Brooke Sammon as deputy press secretary.
The move brings a trusted operative closer in the fold and expands Rubio's press shop as he claims a bigger share of the national spotlight.
Martinez, 33 and a Miami native, has been close to Rubio since his rise in Florida politics, helping stoke some of the early opposition to then-popular Republican Gov. Charlie Crist. He arrives in Washington after working as a paid advisor to Rubio’s Reclaim America PAC and Mitt Romney's campaign.He served as communications director for the Republican majority while Rubio was speaker of the Florida House. In 2009, Martinez stepped down as chief of staff to the House majority whip to join Rubio's U.S. Senate campaign. He also worked on Tom Gallagher's 2006 losing GOP primary with Crist, served as deputy speechwriter for Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida communications director for President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign.
Sammon returns to Capitol Hill after previously serving as the press secretary for Reps. Peter Roskam of Illinois and Phil Gingrey of Georgia, Rubio's office said. She directed surrogate media for the Romney campaign and worked closely with Rubio. The Ohio native has worked with Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.
“I'm proud to welcome Albert and Brooke to our team and am excited about the entire staff we have in place for the productive and important year ahead," Rubio said in a statement. "I look forward to the legislative work we'll be doing in the 113th Congress, including our initiatives to expand middle class opportunities and reform America’s broken immigration system. These new hires will bolster the great team we have to serve the people of Florida and help us advance these important initiatives."--ALEX LEARY