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Rivera si. Castro no




Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, and Sen. JD Alexander, R- Lake Wales, the legislature's budget chairmen, negotiate unresolved issues Sunday in Tallahassee. Photo by Scott Keeler, Times

Miami Rep. David Rivera's crusade to crack down on travel to terrorist states (i.e., Cuba) looks like it will make the final budget, giving the Republican a bit of anti-Castro campaign fodder in his race for Congress.

But will it backfire?

Joe Garcia, the Democrat running for CD25 against Rivera, sent this campaign statement that said the Republican has his priorities twisted: Everyone wants a free Cuba and an end to its oppressive regime, but Rivera is just another politician that's out of touch and pandering to his political base.  He is a state representative with no say over foreign policy. With unemployment at over 12% and families losing their homes, David Rivera should be more focused on jobs and the economy than Fidel Castro.

Rivera isn't just concentrating on Castro. He also has budget language to stop public funding of embryonic stem cell research. It's in trouble. The Senate said not. Rivera suggested that the Senate reconsider the stem-cell proposal to specify that it prohibits the use of tax money on "human" embryonic stem cells.

More here on the proviso and background.

-- Marc Caputo

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:31am]


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