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Police union withdraws endorsement; calls David Rivera's campaign 'false and defamatory'



David Rivera's troubled political comeback was delivered another blow Wednesday as the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement saying it "emphatically and unequivocally withdraws our endorsement of David Rivera."

Rivera's campaign, and the political committee supporting him, has been running daily robo calls repeating unsubstantiated accusations against his Democratic opponent Robert Asencio. They have repeated the claims in at least six different mailers that have flooded the mail boxes of voters in the House District 118 race. The allegations accuse Asencio, a retired police sergeant in the Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department, of being a "child abuser" even though the school district has said those claims are false. 

"David Rivera is running a false and defamatory campaign against career public servant and distinguished police officer Robert Asencio,'' said Javier Ortiz, district director of the Fraternal Order of Police, District 6, in a statement issued late Tuesday. 

"The Fraternal Order of Police does not support David Rivera’s smear tactics and obscene insinuations about Robert’s character and career accomplishments. Unlike Robert who was cleared of any wrongdoing while protecting the community, Mr. Rivera was just found guilty and fined a over $57,000 by the State of Florida. 

"Floridians have the right to vote based on facts, not on politically promoted smear campaigns." 

Asencio served in the Miami-Dade police for 26 years and retired last year as sergeant. He has received the endorsement of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, the International Union of Police Associations, Teamsters Local 769 and other unions. More here. 

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:48pm]


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