David Rivera Blames Demographics and Not All Those Pesky Scandals For His Loss

Categories: Politicks
Conventional wisdom would have it that Rep. David Rivera's nearly 11-point loss to Democratic challenger Joe Garcia might have had something to do with all those scandals Rivera currently finds himself embroiled in. Rivera however was never much for conventional wisdom. He maintains that changing demographics and voter turnout were to blame.

"I think an analysis of the results demonstrates that the presidential election had a significant impact on several congressional races, including my own," Rivera told the Miami Herald. "It makes it tough for Republicans down ballot to be successful."

He also told the Herald that he believes reports of criminal investigations into his finances and allegations that he helped run a ringer candidate in the Democratic primary had nothing to do with the loss.

Sure, it's true that Rivera's redrawn district now has a slightly more Democratic voters in it than Republicans, but that doesn't quite explain the 11-point defeat.

The fact that a state ethics board announced there was probably cause that he broke 11 state ethics laws while a lawmaker in Tallahassee might have had something to do with it.

The fact that the FBI is probing allegations that Rivera helped finance the campaign of political unknown Justin Sternad, believed to have run as a ringer against Garcia in the Democratic primary, might have had something to do with it.

The fact that one of the central figures in that story, Ana Sol Alliegro, Sternad's campaign manager and a close personal friend of Rivera's, is still missing might have had something to do with it.

The fact that Rivera's fundraising all but dried up because of that story might have had something to with it.

The fact that the GOP establishment (except, interestingly, for Marco Rubio) pretty much abandoned Rivera might have had something to do with it.

The fact that there was already talk of running Jeb Bush Jr. in the district in 2014 might have had something to do with it.

But, no, no, no, it was probably just all changing demographics.

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“rivera has been accused of misusing campaign donations for personal use, and Rubio has largely admitted to having done the same thing. Indeed, the far-right senator was about using a Republican Party credit card to purchase personal items. Rubio conceded it "looks bad," and acknowledged, "I shouldn't have done it that way." It's worth noting that we're not talking about minor purchases -- Rubio billed the state GOP for more than $100,000 during his two-year tenure as Florida's House speaker, including repairs to his family minivan. marco rubio and david rivera the two con men also co-owned a house together, a house that went into foreclosure

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