Republican Carlos Curbelo wants you to hear it first from him first — former U.S. Rep. David Rivera is taking another shot at Congress.
In an email sent this week, Curbelo also wants supporters to know Rivera is under investigation by federal agencies for allegations that — like Democrat U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia — he participated in a fraudulent scheme to influence the election.
In 2012, eyebrows raised all over Florida’s 25th Congressional District when Barack Obama’s margin over Mitt Romney was the same as Garcia’s over Rivera.
Rivera also barely escaped state indictments on 52 counts of theft, money laundering and racketeering centering on the misuse of campaign money, the Miami Herald reported, when state prosecutors said his suspected crimes were “too old or too tough to prosecute.”
Curbelo says the voters in CD 26 “deserve someone who is looking out for us, not themselves.”
“We deserve better,” he adds, “and that is why I am running for Congress.”
“The unethical conduct of public officials in both parties — including incumbent Joe Garcia — has landed people in jail and embarrassed the residents of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties,” Curbelo said in a statement released earlier today. “We will run a clean campaign focused on reestablishing the public trust and putting an end to this sad chapter in our community’s history.”
Now that Rivera has formally entered the race, Curbelo — a GOP establishment favorite — could use all the help he can get.