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David Rivera bails on Congressional bid, says he'll seek state House seat



By Patricia Mazzei, Miami Herald

His reputation tainted by scandal, former Miami Congressman David Rivera vowed he would return to politics.

He did — for 72 days. On Friday, just over two months after launching a new campaign for his old seat, Rivera has called it quits, at least for now.

Rivera, who is under federal investigation in a campaign-finance scheme, said Friday he is suspending his congressional bid. But he said it had nothing to do with the FBI probe — which he refuses to discuss — and everything with a ruling Thursday from a judge in Tallahassee.

"As a congressional candidate affected by this decision, I will not be held hostage by Florida's liberal activist judges," he said in an email to supporters.

Rivera cited "great uncertainty" following a ruling by a Leon County judge late Thursday that invalidated two of Florida's congressional district boundaries — even though neither of the districts is the one Rivera was seeking.

The districts specifically invalidated by Leon Circuit Judge Terry P. Lewis are in Central and North Florida and don't border the 26th Congressional District that Rivera was campaigning for, which extends from Kendall to Key West. In the event new districts are redrawn, they would likely not take effect until the 2016 election, assuming the case is appealed as expected.

[Last modified: Friday, July 11, 2014 5:56pm]


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