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Rivera draws challenger for Congress

State Rep. David Rivera of Miami, the leading Republican candidate for an open congressional seat in Miami, has got company: Conservative political analyst Paul Crespo has sent an e-mail to supporters saying he will announce his campaign tomorrow.

Due to tremendous encouragement and support from friends, family, community leaders and activists, PAUL CRESPO, a former U.S. Marine Corps officer and well known conservative columnist, radio host and political analyst, is set to officially announce that he is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress in Florida's District 25 -- the seat vacated by his friend Mario Diaz-Balart. Crespo's public announcement will be made on Wednesday March 24th at 10:30 AM at the Islas Canarias Restaurant located at 13697 S.W. 26th Street in Miami-Dade County. A highly qualified outsider, Crespo brings a fresh perspective to this race along with a wealth of knowledge and experience in national and international politics. While he has a long record of public service, he is not a professional or career politician -- a significant factor in this current electoral climate.  Many Republican activists also convinced him to run, citing his exemplary career and solid conservative credentials as providing the best chance for the GOP to retain this seat in November. Crespo has considerable name recognition from his many appearances on local, national, and international television and radio, both in English and Spanish. He also brings intellectual firepower to the race, having been an editorial writer and columnist with the Miami Herald, a Univision Radio talk show host, and a Lecturer in politics at the University of Miami. During his 12 years of active and reserve duty with the U.S. Marine Corps, Captain Crespo served as an artillery and intelligence officer in combat units and staff positions on four continents. He also served in a diplomatic capacity as a U.S. military attach posted to American embassies in Croatia, Qatar, and Venezuela. Crespo believes America is a critical crossroads. What happens in 2010 will decide the future of our country for generations, he says. "The forced, partisan, passage of Obamacare on Sunday highlights everything that is wrong with Washington," adds Crespo. "The blatantly corrupt vote buying, the violation of Constitutional norms and traditions, and the disregard for the will of the American people, made a mockery of our system. This travesty makes it even more critical that we send real fighters to take back Washington in November.