One of Marco Rubio's close friends, Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.) tells ABC News that Mitt Romney should pick the junior Senator from Florida.
“I don’t think there’s another vice presidential candidate that could energize the ticket the way Marco could,” Rivera said over the phone Monday night.
“Both in substance and style, he has the ability to communicate an optimistic and conservative message."
The caveat? Rubio has allegedly rained on Rivera's parade in private.
"He’s told me in private exactly what he’s said in public, that he’s not going to be picked. He has told me he’s not going to be picked [as Romney's running mate.]”
Meanwhile, Rivera woke up to good news today on another front.
Reportedly, prosecutors in Florida are shutting down an investigation of him over possible fraud and falsified financial disclosures.
Prosecutors determined that Florida’s campaign finance laws were too ambiguous, and a statute of limitations prevented them from pushing forward on part of the prosecution.