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Florida Democrats launch anti-David Rivera site

In case there were any doubts left that the race in the 25th Congressional District was going to quickly get ugly, the Florida Democratic Party launched a website Thursday blasting Republican state Rep. David Rivera, who faces Joe Garcia in November.

The site, therealrivera.com, is subtitled "Floridians can't trust David Rivera." (Another domain name, therealdavidrivera.com, was already taken -- by Paul Crespo, one of two opponents Rivera handily defeated in Tuesday's primary.)

"This website shows that the Democrat Party and Joe Garcia are afraid of facing David Rivera in the general election because they know that oil lobbyist and DC insider Joe Garcia cannot beat David Rivera, a conservative candidate who has cut spending and is not part of the Washington-culture of corruption," Sarah Bascom, a Rivera campaign spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. "Since Joe Garcia is directly linked to the disastrous policies of Obama and Pelosi, he has no choice but to try to divert attention from his record by resorting to these shameful lies and despicable tactics against David Rivera."

Read Bascom's complete statement after the jump.

"To be clear, David Rivera has NEVER been accused of domestic violence by anyone other than his political opponents. Even the victim in this case from 1994 has submitted a signed affidavit clearing this up once and for all. To claim, as this ridiculous website does, that he has been accused or charged is blatantly false.

This website shows that the Democrat Party and Joe Garcia are afraid of facing David Rivera in the general election because they know that oil lobbyist and DC insider Joe Garcia cannot beat David Rivera, a conservative candidate who has cut spending and is not part of the Washington-culture of corruption. Since Joe Garcia is directly linked to the disastrous policies of Obama and Pelosi, he has no choice but to try to divert attention from his record by resorting to these shameful lies and despicable tactics against David Rivera.

Shame on the Democrat Party for further victimizing this young woman and her family, all at the request of Joe Garcia.

In response to the other allegations, David Rivera never ran a mail truck off the road, that is absurd. The Miami Herald article they site on their website even sources a campaign worker of David’s saying he removed David’s mail pieces off the truck and the Herald notes that the truck hit David. I guess the facts only seem to get in the way of the Democrats’ sensationalized website.

Maybe they should spend more time fact-checking and looking for credible sources than making poor websites based on lies and libel at the request of Joe Garcia."

UPDATE: We probably should have linked to our story the statement makes reference to, which describes the truck incident. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the truck driver said Rivera's car hit him -- and Rivera said the opposite.

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