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David Rivera: I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you

As far as we know, Republican congressional hopeful David Rivera hasn't been asked if he's a spy.

But in a Naples radio interview Friday, the state representative and Florida House budget chief did get this gem: "Did you ever work for the CIA?" WGUF 98.9 FM host Dave Elliott asked.

"No, I did not," Rivera responded, laughing. "I have not. I have not. But you know what, if I did, the first thing I would say was I did not, wouldn't I?"

That came after Rivera fielded questions stemming from our story on his financial disclosures. For seven years, Rivera claimed to receive income from the U.S. Agency for International Development, though the agency says it has no record of him as a contractor. Rivera later said he was a subcontractor but wouldn't name who he worked for.

He still didn't reveal that information on air Friday, saying his relationship with USAID began when he worked for the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, which operated TV Martí and Radio Martí at the U.S. State Department.

"While doing that, part of my portfolio of work was working with a lot of interagency groups," he said, including USAID, the U.S. Commerce and Defense departments, and the CIA.

Later, he said he would be willing to release his 2009 tax return.

"Not only 2009," Rivera said. "I told folks, I'll release all of them. I think all candidates should."

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George Fuller

Rivera is one of those political hacks that in a few years people will be yelling to vote him out.......

Bob

Angelo Mozilo bought shares of countrywide shares in order to enhance the stocks value. He scheduled his employee’s investments and he sold his 140 million dollars in shares before the demise of Countrywide. The SEC merely recovered the inflated profits though its original allegations against Mozilo included offenses like inside trading. HUD regulated Fannie Mae which bought mortgages and dealt with Countrywide. Henry Cisneros was President Clinton’s HUD secretary who was also on the board at Countrywide. At this time, the new home building boon got its start. Eventually, new home prices froze up and the mortgage financial institutions like Countrywide were responsible for fatally resetting the adjustable mortgages which were 80 percent of all of the sub prime mortgages. These were hardly low-risk mortgages. Mozilo was responsible for the demise of Countrywide and the reset mortgage interest rate which led to numerous foreclosures and negatively influenced the gargantuan investments in mortgage debt securities around the world. SEC recovered some of Mozilo’s profits but did not address any of his crimes. You might say that his actions influenced the demise of our nation’s economy. The SEC has addressed the scandal’s profit side and not its liability side. The shareholders may seek their law suits but how can all the companies that liquidated all their assets and all the households that went through foreclosure see justice done for the mortgage gate scandal.

Eduardo

Espia! Espia!

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I find it interesting that this secret agent blocked the ERA all his terms in the House and that the three photos on this blog are all women. Denny Woiod

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