David Rivera to possibly drop CD 26 bid for Florida House run

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Paging Marc Caputo…

The rumor du jour in Tallahassee is that the Miami Herald reporter’s bete noire, David Rivera, will drop his bid for congressional bid and instead run for the Florida House.

Yes, yes, that’s a crazy rumor ibut this is David Rivera we are talking about.

According to a top Republican fundraiser not connected to Rivera’s campaign, the former congressman is ready to abandon his bid to unseat incumbent Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia for the district covering southwestern Miami-Dade County and all of Monroe County. Rivera lost to Garcia in 2012.

If Rivera does leave the CD 26 race, four others will remain in the August 26 GOP primary, led by Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, the Republican establishment favorite.

One of the possible reasons for Rivera’s departure is fundraising. Curbelo collected almost $984,000 as of the first quarter of 2014, with $792,530 cash on hand. In the same period, Rivera posted no contributions and FEC reports show him owing more than $128,000 in loans.

Rivera is finding it difficult to raise money under federal campaign fundraising regulations which prohibit corporate contributions. State campaigns, on the other hand, do not.

If he does drop out of the CD 26 race, Rivera would do so to run against against incumbent Republican state Rep. Carlos Trujillo for the House District 105 seat, covering eastern Collier County, northwestern Miami-Dade County, and southern Broward County.

Rivera was in talks with Florida House leadership on Wednesday. The outcome of those talks is unknown at this time.

Currently, Trujillo’s only opponent is Democrat Carlos Pereira, a community organizer and president of the Venezuelan-American Democratic Club.

To date, Trujillo has raised more than $111,000 in donations for his re-election.

Qualifying to run for state office closes at noon on Friday, but Rivera would have to make a decision well ahead of that. He would have to open a bank account for his campaign and complete all of the requisite candidate paperwork.

Rivera is also known for qualifying in person at the Division of Elections office in Tallahassee.

So the question this morning is … has anyone seen David Rivera on Adams Street? If so, make sure you let Marc Caputo know so he can get the Caputo Cam ready.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.