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David Rivera campaigning hard for Gingrich



AP: MIAMI - South Florida U.S. Rep. David Rivera is pressing hard for GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

Rivera is touting the former House Speaker's nuanced approach to immigration reform and his detailed plan to step up pressure on the Cuban government.

Late last week, he accompanied Gingrich as the former House Speaker pressed the flesh at Miami's Versailles Restaurant and spoke with Spanish language media. Rivera is the only one of the three South Florida Cuban-American GOP House members not to have endorsed Mitt Romney.

Rivera is a skillful politician, especially when it comes to the influential Cuban-American community. He won his congressional seat in 2010 in part thanks to strong support from Cuban-American, absentee voters.

Rivera also comes with baggage. He is facing federal and state criminal probes into his finances

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 8:11am]


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