David Rivera May Just Drop Congressional Bid and Run For State House

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Earlier this month, disgraced ex-Congressman David Rivera got whacked by a state judge who found "corrupt intent" in the way he'd double-billed his campaign and fudged his spending records. His surprise bid to win the Republican primary for his old seat, meanwhile, has been stalled in the water with virtually no reported fundraising and $128,000 in loan debts.

So it wouldn't be the biggest surprise to see Rivera dropping out of the race. What would be a shock, though, would be Rivera pivoting to run for the state House instead, which is just what one report claims this morning that he's doing.

See also: David Rivera, Disgraced Rep Under Federal Investigation, Is Running For Congress

Rivera has supposedly been making the rounds in Tallahassee this week, meeting with GOP leadership and talking up a challenge against sitting Rep. Carlos Trujillo, who represents House District 105, which covers parts of Dade and Broward counties.

The news comes via Saint Petersblog, which cites an anonymous Republican operative for the information.

The rumors may well be malarkey, but this much is beyond question: Rivera's longshot bid to return to D.C. has been looking ever-more-unlikely this month. The ex-congressman will only face potential fines -- no prison time -- over the state judge's rulings, but the headlines certainly don't do much to change his image as one of America's dirtiest politicians.

There's still reportedly an ongoing IRS investigation into Rivera's finances and a six-figure donation from a dog track, and his friend Ana Alliegro has already been indicted in another case stemming from a plot to run a bogus Democrat in the 2012 primaries against current Rep. Joe Garcia.

Rivera's campaign finances tell another stark tale. His main challenger for the Republican nod, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, has already raised more than $950,000, according to his latest disclosures.

Rivera lists zero contributions to date and $128,000 in loans; he's spent just $3,670 so far.

But switching to a state House run wouldn't exactly be an easier challenge. Trujillo is well established in the state party and has already raised more than $100,000 for his own race; Rivera would have to qualify for that election by Friday if he wanted to jump in.

The bottom line here is that no matter where Rivera tosses his hat into the ring, it's looking rather unlikely that he'll find himself an elected representative of the good people of Florida again come November.

And that's reason to be grateful, so we may as well celebrate by re-watching this excellent video of Marc Caputo grilling Rivera and the ex-Congressman hilariously ducking and weaving:

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David Rivera is the biggest D-BAG known to man!


David "No Visible Means Of Support" Rivera needs to find a vocation. He's had 48 years to develop skills other than deception and theft. Federal charges against this parasite are long overdue.

dantevida topcommenter

total sleazeball, not a ghost of a chance on being elected.  He just wants to get his hands on campaign contributions for subsistence, since he has no ability to hold a regular job like everyone else. 

DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

marco rubio and david rivera are a product of entitlement through the mechanisms of the most corrupt political system I have seen (at the surface) during my lifetime in Florida.

“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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