Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 | 2:01 a.m.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, is in hot water for lying about the reasons for, and timing of, his family’s immigration from Cuba. His lies may eliminate him as the “Hispanic vice presidential candidate” Republicans are desperately seeking for the 2012 election.
But there may be opportunity for a politically savvy Nevadan in Rubio’s political fall from grace. Nevada also has a prominent Hispanic Republican who may be able to capture the imagination and votes of this rapidly growing minority. His name, of course, is Brian Sandoval.
Sandoval is bright, measured in his public statements, a tested campaigner who is not prone to gaffes, an articulate attorney and a former federal judge. So far he appears to have no skeletons in his closet.
Let’s hope that Gov. Sandoval is interested in running for vice president and that he has been contacted. A Romney-Sandoval ticket may be the best the Republicans can wish for to defeat President Barack Obama next year.