Marco Rubio’s cup runneth over. And not with water.
Florida’s telegenic junior U.S. senator — a potential contender in the GOP’s 2016 sweepstakes for president — stealthily swooped into Greenwich Tuesday night for a big-ticket fundraiser to support his Reclaim America political action committee.
The $10,000-a-plate affair took place at the $10 million Round Hill estate of financier Len Tannenbaum, who, like Rubio, is of Cuban ancestry, according to multiple sources. Tannenbaum’s 10-acre compound is just a few miles from the Greenwich Polo Club.
The son of Cuban immigrants — his father was a hotel bartender — Rubio was picked to deliver a prime-time keynote address during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Rubio gave the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, a performance that was universally lampooned by an ill-timed case of dry mouth and Rubio’s awkward reach for a bottle of Poland Spring water off camera.
While the White House aspirations of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have recently taken a hit because of the “Bridgegate” scandal, a resurgent Rubio is gaining favor among a number of Republican benefactors.
Tannebaum, founder of Fifth Street Finance Corp., a Nasdaq-traded firm that lends money to private equity companies, would appear to be one of them.
In 2012, Tannenbaum started his own pro-business, self-proclaimed bipartisan PAC called Keeping America Competitive. He donated $15,000 last March to the state GOP, earning a seat on the dais at the party’s annual fundraising dinner in May.
Last July, in a joint announcement with the state, Tannenbaum revealed he was moving his $2 billion money-lending enterprise from White Plains, N.Y., to Greenwich, lured by $5 million in economic incentives approved by the administration of Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
UPDATE: Chris Meek, who sought the GOP nomination in the 4th Congressional District in 2012, tells Hearst he hosted Rubio this week at his Stamford home and furnished the newspaper with a copy of the invitation. Tannenbaum characterized his role in the event as “hosting” Rubio, according to an invitee.