Rubio staffer quits after domestic battery charge

Published: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 23, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE — A regional director for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio resigned Monday after his arrest days earlier on a domestic battery charge, accused by his wife of rolling her up in a carpet and punching and kicking her, according to the arrest report.

Earlier Monday, Rubio spokesman Alex Conant told The Associated Press that Michael Brennan, the regional director for southwest Florida, had been put on administrative leave pending an internal investigation by the lawmaker's office.

Lee County deputies showed up at Michael and Kelly Brennan's apartment Friday after she called 911 during an argument and then hung up. Kelly Brennan's elbow was swollen with spots of dried blood and she was visibly upset, according to the arrest report.

Kelly Brennan said in the report that her husband pushed her and she fell on top of a carpet in the garage. She claims he rolled her up in the carpet "as if I was dead or something" and kicked and punched the carpet with her inside, according to the report.

Kelly Brennan said she unrolled herself from the carpet and confronted her husband. He then allegedly pushed her against the wall, injuring her elbow, according to deputies. Deputies said they found blood on the wall consistent with her story.

The couple, who have been married for seven years, fought while their children were sleeping, authorities reported. Kelly Brennan refused medical treatment and later told authorities she did not want to press charges, according to the report.

Authorities found 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. He gave a statement to authorities, but it was redacted in the arrest report.

Michael Brennan's attorney, Michelle Hill, said the allegations are false and that Michael Brennan and another unnamed witness contradicted the narrative contained in the police report.

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