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Rep. Jose Oliva, having just sold his family cigar company, sits out GOP convention



At least one Florida Republican rising star wasn’t planning to be in attendance when the GOP convention opened its national convention in Cleveland on Monday.

State Rep. Jose Oliva, the Miami Lakes Republican who is designated to be Florida House speaker in 2018, gave up his delegate spot and is heading to Nicaragua this week to tend to his tobacco company.

“I’m not going to Cleveland,” said the CEO of Miami-based Oliva Cigar of the expected coronation of Donald Trump as Republican nominee. “At this point it’s just a formality and I’m not much for ceremony.”

Oliva says he will vote for Trump since he can’t agree with the alternatives but it’s not a decision that pleases him. Story here. 

[Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2016 6:11pm]


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