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David Rivera, 'Momma's little helper' on slots?

There are places where a title like "strategic director'' would not seem so ambiguous.

In Miami, at least in David Rivera's Miami, "strategic director'' of a $6.7 million gambling referendum translates, vaguely, into "Momma's little helper.''

Flagler Dog Track, desperate for slots money, mistakenly figured they had hired state Rep. Rivera to run the pro slots campaign for Miami-Dade in 2006. The Herald's Scott Hiaasen and Patricia Mazzei perused a $510,000 contract with the dog track that named Rivera both strategic director and "Top Leader of Chain of Command of All Campaign Consultants And Campaign Activities.''

In some places, that sounds like "boss.'' Not in David Rivera's Miami.

During his successful congressional campaign last fall, Rivera insisted that he had only helped out with the gambling referendum. As if his contribution was as modest as a volunteer stamp licker, envelope stuffer, phone bank caller. Just another unpaid helper. Read the rest of Fred Grimm's column here.


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