Marco Rubio’s ambition, and sharp elbows, fueled his rise in Tallahassee
Don Brown, a Republican legislator who had been helping the man who was Mr. Rubio’s biggest rival for speaker in Florida, Dennis A. Ross (now a congressman), recalled a similar encounter.
‘I was expecting, of course, to be an outcast,’ said Mr. Brown, who is supporting Mr. Bush in the presidential campaign.
Instead, Mr. Rubio invited him to become a member of his leadership team. ‘He said, ‘I came here today to begin the process of earning your respect,” Mr. Brown remembered, ‘which I found quite astonishing.‘