Welcome to the Smart Set. Every morning, we bring you the gossip coverage, filtered. Today: Marco Rubio is doing some self-vetting in the hopes of improving his chances of being the GOP ticket this year, Newt Gingrich is soaking his supporters, and Sarah Jessica Parker has found two lovely townhouse in Brooklyn she wants to buy and squash together.
It looks as if Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is "feverishly positioning himself" to be the GOP vice presidential nominee. He's moving up the release of his biography from September to June to get ahead on a none-too-flattering unauthorized book set for publication in July. (Publication of that book, The Rise of Marco Rubio, by The Washington Post’s Manuel Roig-Franzia has also been moved up.) Rubio's political committee has also "spent more than $40,000 for investigators to research for negative attacks that could surface against him." This month, he asked the Florida State Ethics Committee to "closeout a complaint that he misused Republican Party and campaign money" to run up excessive food and travel bills on GOP credit cards. [Tampa Bay Times via Politico]
Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign has finally hit upon a way for this quixotic White House run to pay off. Rather, than say, letting supporters stand next to the man they've decided to give their vote and energy to and have a picture taken for free, the Gingrich camp is now charging 50 bucks for the privilege. It's "a nominal donation," insists campaign spokesman R.C. Hammon, who notes that when Wall Street types meet with, say, Massachusetts Moderate Mitt Romney, the routinely pay $2,500 to have their picture taken with the former governor. Of course, that's an actual fundraiser, in a conference room, with fresh cold cuts and multiple fruit platters in case anyone gets hungry. Gingrich is just charging $50 for his photo out there in the territories. To be fair, the price is less than that of an autographed Darryl Strawberry baseball or a baseball bat bearing the signature of Boston Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. [Daily Intel]