Sen. Rubio Director Charged With Battery

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) – Senator Marco Rubio’s regional director for southwest Florida has been benched after he reportedly rolled his wife up in a carpet and beat her.

Lee County deputies were sent to Michael and Kelly Brennan’s Bonita Springs apartment on Friday after she called 911 during a fight and then hung up. Brennan reportedly said that husband had pushed her and she fell on top of a carpet in the garage. She claims he then rolled her up in it “as if I was dead or something,” and kicked and punched the carpet with her inside, according to the Michael Brennan’s arrest report.

Brennan said she unrolled herself from the carpet and confronted her husband. That’s when he allegedly pushed her against the wall and she hurt her elbow, according to deputies. Kelly Brennan’s elbow was swollen with spots of dried blood and she was visibly upset, according to the arrest report. Deputies also found blood on the wall consistent with her story.

Kelly Brennan refused medical treatment and later told authorities she did not want to press charges, according to the report. Michael Brennan at a nearby hotel and said he was arrested on a charge of domestic violence battery. A Lee County jail official said Brennan was released Saturday on $1,000 bond.

A trial date has been set for February 14th.

Rubio spokesman Alex Conant confirmed Monday that Brennan had been put on administrative leave pending an internal investigation by the lawmaker’s office.

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