David Rivera Hung Out With Communists During His Last Campaign
|David Rivera (second from right) dines with Central American communists.|
During his one term as a U.S. congressman, Rivera tried to pass changes to the Cuban Adjustment Act that would have banned Cubans who claim political asylum in the United States from returning to the island nation.
So what the heck was Rivera doing raising glasses of wine with three Central American socialists from Central America this past September?
Last week, Diario Las Americas published a story about a photograph posted on Facebook that shows Rivera sitting at a table inside an unnamed restaurant alongside Daniel Ortega Reyes, son of Nicaraguan Sandinista President Daniel Ortega; an unnamed member of Nicaragua's Mesa de la Unidad Cristiana Party, which has Marxist ideals; Remberto Gonzalez, a member of the leftist Salvadoran Conciliation Nacional Party; and Al Gutman, a disgraced former state legislator who served three years in prison for public corruption.
|Diario Las Americas|
|Left to right: Daniel Ortega Reyes, son of Nicaraguan Sandinista President Daniel Ortega; an unnamed member of Nicaragua's Mesa de la Unidad Cristiana Party, which has Marxist ideals; disgraced former state legislator Al Gutman; David Rivera; and Remberto Gonzalez, a member of the leftist Salvadoran Conciliacion Nacional Party.|
Rivera and Gutman did not return a phone call seeking comment.
In February, federal prosecutors charged Justin Lamar Sternad, the former candidate Rivera allegedly backed, with lying on his federal campaign reports to hide the source of secret money funneled into his run for Congress. Sternad will also be charged with conspiring with others as part of the alleged scheme to defraud the United States. Authorities suspect Rivera funneled the money to Sternad through his close friend Ana Sol Alliegro, a Republican political consultant who managed the Democratic candidate's campaign. She's been missing since September, when she failed to appear for an interview with the FBI. Media outlets speculate Alliegro is hiding in Nicaragua.
Rivera has denied wrongdoing, as well as insisting he has never met Sternad.
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