Marco Rubio’s friendship with David Rivera is risky

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“Rivera is facing state and federal inquiries stemming from his conduct in the Florida Legislature…But Rubio is giving a full-throated endorsement to Rivera, raising money for him and defending a man who served with him in the trenches of Florida politics dating back to when they were young volunteers on Lincoln Diaz-Balart’s first House campaign in 1992,” Manu Raju reports. “‘One of the things that’s startled me is that only in Washington are people expected to turn their backs on friends when things may not be going well for them,’ Rubio told POLITICO. ‘That’s certainly not the way I want to operate.’ … If the inquiries pick up steam, Rubio’s name could be dragged into the headlines just as Mitt Romney is considering whether to put the freshman senator on the ticket.”

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