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Police escort Rivera's rival out of GOP mtg

State Rep. David Rivera's rival for Congress, Paul Crespo, had a run-in with the the law at last night's Miami-Dade Republican Party meeting. His crime: going over his allotted two-minute speaking time.

Crespo, an underdog against Rivera in the congressional district represented by Mario Diaz-Balart, was hoping to make a scene. His campaign sent out a press release Wednesday night promising that Crespo would confront Rivera, the chairman of the party, at his own meeting.

The patience of the press was sorely tested. Rivera barred them from the first hour or so of the meeting because of "official business." Then he let a slew of candidates running from state Senate to dogcatcher each get two minutes at the microphone. Oy. Where was Crespo? Finally, around 9 p.m., it was his turn to speak. "Unfortunately, my opponent, David Rivera, has been using the Republican party to benefit his own campaign,'' said Crespo, who was alternately applauded and heckled.

Rivera acted graciously, clapping for Crespo and another rival, Marili Cancio, who said "he has not lived up to our values'' by denying his ties to a businessman who facilitates trade with Cuba, Ariel Pereda.

"So much for Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment,'' Rivera told the crowd in a rousing call for unity. Meanwhile, Shark Tank blogger Javier Manjarres captured the encounter between Crespo and police. Rivera denied any involvement. More on Rivera's campaign here and video below.


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Jose Rodriguez

Beth where you even there? Rousing? Except for a few of his hard core supporters NOBODY clapped for Rivera. WHY? because it has become obviuos to anyone with an IQ greater than 50 that David is abusing his power, a fact that was driven home by the singling out of Crespo to be escorted out by West Miami's finest because he went over his allotted speaking time by a WHOPPING 10 seconds (like many others who spoke last night).
People like Rivera don't belong in the GOP they are better suited for Cuba's Communist Party.

Joe the Plumber

Rivera is the democrats best friend right now. He's taking the Republican party to the sewer with all his dirt.
Voters should seriously look at all their options in the race.
Mariana Cancio and Paul Crespo - they are being called underdogs but after reading about Rivera's domestic violence charges, I think the girl beats him.

Miguel Ameigeiras

I was there and the whole thing made me sick. I can not believe the arrogance of the Miami-
Dade republican establishment. It felt as if I was watching a Mafia/gangster movie where only the guy that gets the nod is allowed to move forward. They forget they are accountable to us and not the other way around. Paul's comments were respectful but spot on. Every candidate went over the time limit to include Rivera. I personally heard the police officer say that he was asked by a committee official "J.C." to escort Paul out. The truth is that life long politicians are scared because they know their time is up on both sides of the isle. Paul is a fresh face and is doing what is right for Miami and America. He's got my vote.

Anonymous

Just goes to show. You try to run against "Marquito's boy" - you pay the consequences! "Estilo Cuba"

Rivera just shot himself in the foot! Instead of trying to embarrass Crespo and his supporters, he just made him a martyr for Freedom of Speech!

Pat Thomas

This meeting was a joke... David Rivera should be removed VIVA PAUL CRESPO.... The City of West Miami was just doing what David Rivera wanted thanks to his best buddy Marcos Rubio who lives their and the City Managers follows his orders. YOLANDA AQUILAR YOU ARE A JOKE AS WELL..

But the what this story does not state is that David was standing in a corner the entire night with two body guards and Javi Corrocio.... his do boy.

David should get investigated I saw at least 6 of his staffers their including his inhouse pollster Dario Moreno.

Rosa Perez

David Rivera will win this election because he has the infamous boletera (Absentee Ballot woman) in town. Zaida Nuñez will deliver the 20,000 ballots she sells throughout the county in every election.

Zaida Nuñez will be seen with boxes overflowing with the absentee ballots that she fills out herself. Zaida Nuñez will also be seen with huge trash bags filled with the absentee ballots she picked-up, but did not like who the real voters voted for. Any candidate that is foolish enough to hire Zaida Nuñez is participating in these felonies and should be arrested.

This type of behavior totally hinders the democratic process. I caution all candidates to not be affiliated with this soon-to-be scandal.

ANONYMOUS

I was present,and the meeting was orchestrated in Machiavellian fashion. The press was barred and the police intimidated CERSPO at the behest of RIVERA, because CRESPO spoke the truth. RIVERA may have spent $250,000 to win control of the REC, but he does not own it. It is time for us Republicans to clean house and restore integrity. We must establish ethics in the Miami REC before we export more dirty politics to DC. It is time for new leadership!

Anoter Republican for Crespo!

When will the State Attorney's office intervene in the blatant disregard for the law?

The Republican Party MUST rid itself of this corrupt man!

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I was present too. Zaida Nuñez will be seen with boxes overflowing with the absentee ballots that she fills out herself. Zaida Nuñez will also be seen with huge trash bags filled with the absentee ballots she picked-up, but did not like who the real voters voted for.
The Republican Party MUST rid itself of this corrupt man!

Thanks again for sharing such a nice post with us.

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