U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a recently declared candidate for the Republican nomination for president, will give Connecticut an early look at his campaign — at a dinner honoring the grandfather of a likely rival, Jeb Bush.

Rubio, 43, who announced his candidacy a week ago, will deliver the keynote speech at the Prescott S. Bush Dinner, an annual fundraiser named for the former U.S. senator from Greenwich who was the father and grandfather of two presidents.

Rubio’s candidacy reportedly has strained his relationship with Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor often described as a mentor to Rubio.

The dinner will be held in Stamford on June 4, the night after the end of the 2015 session of the General Assembly.

The Bush family should not feel slighted. The keynote speaker last year was Jeb Bush.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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