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David Rivera Becomes Less of a Factor With his Madcap Bid to Return to Congress

By: Jeff Henderson | Posted: August 14, 2014 3:55 AM
David Rivera

David Rivera

David Rivera’s roller coaster of a ride to get back to Congress took another strange turn on Wednesday as he unsuspended his campaign against old foe Joe Garcia. 

Rivera was once one of the fastest rising Republicans in Florida. Serving as executive director of the Miami-Dade GOP, Rivera knows South Florida better than most of his Republican colleagues. But he also proved to be a force in Tallahassee after getting elected to the Florida House in 2002. An ally of Marco Rubio, Rivera moved up the leadership ladder, eventually becoming the House’s budget chairman.

In 2010, Rivera took another big step, running for an open congressional seat and beating Garcia by 9 percent that November. But Rivera was the subject of several whispers about ethics, including backing a candidate against Garcia in the 2010 primaries. Those whispers turned to grumbles and shouts as Rivera served his one term in Congress with a state attorney looking at money laundering charges against him. Weighed down by constant reports of various scandals, Garcia beat Rivera by 11 percent in the 2012 rematch.

Despite news of the various investigations continuing to emerge, Rivera surprisingly entered the 2014 Republican primary for a third showdown with Garcia. This only prompted the GOP leadership to quickly coalesce behind Carlos Curbelo.

Even with so much baggage, Rivera could have been a factor in a divided primary. But the former congressman has run one of the strangest campaigns in recent memory. Rivera did next to nothing for his campaign and did not do much in the way of raising money. When a Leon County judge ruled two of the Florida congressional districts were unconstitutional and more redistricting was needed, Rivera suspended his campaign and looked ahead to 2016, hoping to head back to the Florida House.

Rivera might have suspended his campaign but his name was still on the ballot. Soon enough there were reports that Rivera was running robocalls urging South Florida Republicans to back him. This week, with the primary looming later this month, Rivera announced he was unsuspending his campaign. As Jerry Reed sang in "East Down and Bound," Rivera has a "long way to go and a short time to get there." Curbelo’s lead in the primary seems to have only increased while Rivera was off on the sidelines. Curbelo’s running TV ads across the district and, on Monday, reeled in the support of Mitt Romney. Rivera’s madcap campaign has seemingly done nothing to slow Curbelo down.

Only 34, 14 years younger than Rivera, Curbelo has taken his rival’s place as a rising star among South Florida Republicans. Rivera, who looked so good only four years ago, can talk all he wants about pulling off the upset in the primary or looking to get back to his old stomping grounds in Tallahassee come 2016. But, after the continued scandals and his bizarre efforts this year, Rivera is only making himself less of a factor with each passing day.



Tallahassee political writer Jeff Henderson wrote this analysis exclusively for Sunshine State News.



Comments (3)

fernando
10:11PM AUG 25TH 2014
Sr Arturo,
David Rivera es un DELINCUENTE un FARSANTE que con el cuento de anticomunista se ha metido a todos los viejos cubanos en un bolsillo. Ud vio la foto que publico el Diario las Americas de David brindando con el hijo de DANIEL ORTEGA, el asesino COMUNISTA de Nicaragua y otros 3 ex guerrilleros? La vio? Pues ese ES el verdadero David Rivera. No siga comiendose el cuento de Rivera y del la oportunidad a otros mucho mas serios y honestos que el.
Arturo R. Pasrón
9:46AM AUG 14TH 2014
David Rivera es un factor anticomunista, conocedor de la esencia del sistema socialista que encuentra sobre el poder políticos, sus formas de predominio sobre la sociedad, desde el cual funda y distribuye las riquezas sociales ajenas, para buscar sostén y apoyo mediante quienes trabajan en función de un estado todo poderoso que los sustenta, sin rigor de calidad con los mercedes que establecen sus leyes, fuera del beneficio que ofrecen a la sociedad.
Hoy son tan poderosas las ideas de raíces feudales arraigadas en la sociedad, para vivir gracias a los privilegios normados a través de la ley de impuestos: Que David Rivera se convierte en enemigos de muchos que intervienen dentro de la política de Estados Unidos, fuera y dentro del país. Ese es el motivo de implementar razones que inciden para criminalizarlo. Cuando se sabe que corruptos que han formado fabulosas fortuna, sólo manipulando fondos del gobierno, dentro del partido demócrata y republicano, se mantienen intocables mientras respondan a los intereses afines a un modelo parásito con muchas aristas de ejercicio.
fernando
10:11PM AUG 25TH 2014
Sr Arturo,
David Rivera es un DELINCUENTE un FARSANTE que con el cuento de anticomunista se ha metido a todos los viejos cubanos en un bolsillo. Ud vio la foto que publico el Diario las Americas de David brindando con el hijo de DANIEL ORTEGA, el asesino COMUNISTA de Nicaragua y otros 3 ex guerrilleros? La vio? Pues ese ES el verdadero David Rivera. No siga comiendose el cuento de Rivera y del la oportunidad a otros mucho mas serios y honestos que el.

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