State Rep. David Rivera of Miami, who was running full steam for the state Senate, is now expected to make an abrupt turn toward the newly opened congressional seat represented by Mario Diaz-Balart. Here's his statement:
Today's announcement by Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart is a bitter-sweet one for me. As someone who I consider a brother and a mentor, I wish him and his family only the best in his future endeavors. At the same time, our community has lost a statesmen in Washington, D.C. who has served us with honor and distinction for decades. His record of public service will be sorely missed by our state and our nation, but I look forward to continue working closely with him in his future service as a private citizen.In the coming weeks I will be consulting with family and supporters regarding opportunities to continue my public service either in the Florida Senate or the U.S. Congress. My decision will be based on where I can best serve the interests of our community. That is the standard and example which Congressman Diaz-Balart has always demonstrated throughout his career of public service. It is the same standard I will strive for in my decision-making in the days ahead.
And here's what Rivera's close ally, former House Speaker Marco Rubio, had to say about Diaz-Balart's retirement:
U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio today issued the following statement following U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balarts announcement that he will not seek re-election this year:For two decades, Lincoln Diaz-Balart has served his district and our community well. He has also been a passionate voice for millions throughout the world who live under tyranny in places like Cuba and Venezuela. I congratulate him on a distinguished career and am proud to have been a part of his first 1992 campaign. As he looks ahead towards the next phase of his life, I wish him and his family all the best.