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."