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Reviewing Rubio's personal balance sheet

Now that Gov. Charlie Crist's personal finances are back in public view, how about a peek at those of his U.S. Senate rival, former House Speaker Marco Rubio? The 38-year-old Rubio, a father of four children, reports a net worth of $8,351 and is more than $900,000 in debt. He owns two homes, one in Miami and one in Tallahassee. In 2008 he received $300,000 in salary from the law firm Broad & Cassel, in addition to his $69,000 salary as a teacher at Florida International University and a $45,000 salary as speaker. He still owes $115,000 in student loans.

Rubio also earned income in 2008 from Rubio Consulting, which he describes as a business and media consulting firm. The company's principal clients are Univision, a Spanish-language TV network, and Marin & Sons, a Miami consulting firm. Rubio added this notation to his financial disclosure form: "Marin & Sons retains Rubio Consulting to introduce their clients to potential business partners in the community. Rubio Consulting does not lobby before any governmental entity. Retainer began June 1st (2008), after last session in Florida House was concluded."

Marin, a Tallahassee lobbyist, is registered to represent five clients in the capital, including Independent Living Systems of Miami, whose lobbyists also include Viviana Bovo, wife of state Rep. Esteban (Steve) Bovo, R-Hialeah. Here's more background on the Rubio-Bovo business relationship.

-- Steve Bousquet