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Democrats recruit Miami Beach lawmaker to challenge David Rivera

Florida House Rep. Luis Garcia, a Miami Beach Democrat, recently met with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Washington D.C. The topic of discussion: challenging U.S. Rep. David Rivera, the Miami Republican elected last year who is under investigation. (The news was first reported by Politico.)

Members of Congress face reelection every two years, which means Rivera's name will again be on the ballot next fall. He currently represents western Miami-Dade and eastern Collier counties, though that could change with redistricting -- and his district, which narrowly leans Republican, could get a shakeup.

Garcia, a former firefigher and Miami Beach city commissioner, narrowly won reelection last year. He was first elected to the state House in 2006.

--MARC CAPUTO

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Cynical Idealist

This is a damned foolish mistake by the otherwise affable Garcia.....

Don't like DINOs

Are you kidding me? Does Luis Garcia really think he will get the support of the Dem base after he is openly supporting Rick Scott Republican Julio Robaina for Mayor. It seems that black community leaders are not the only ones who can be bought.

Energized

Garcia will win. Rivera has way too much baggage to survive and the new district will favor the Democrat.

The Truth

Louie is a Hero. Rivera is a crook. Nuff said.

mark

i think luis will do a great job and is a very good contender against rivera. now we have to worry about who will replace luis in his state seat. i have heard rumors that pedro diaz, is seriously considering a run. hes that young kid that ran for city of miami commissioner back in 09. whatever it is, luis got my vote. hes a man of the people.

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