National Democrats are once again targeting U.S. Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, with radio ads.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced today it would single out Rivera and 24 other Republicans they think they might have a chance of unseating in 2012.
The DCCC will begin running radio ads highlighting the state and federal criminal probes of Rivera's personal and campaign finances. Here's what the ad will say:
"Congressman David Rivera's under criminal investigation for his personal and campaign spending. He spends more time defending himself than fighting for us. Tell Rivera to work for us."
Rivera has continued to post lackluster fundraising numbers in his re-election bid, according to reports filed last month with the Federal Election Commission.
Rivera was outraised nearly four to one by his challenger: state Rep. Luis Garcia, a Democrat and former Miami Beach city commissioner and fire chief. Garcia raised $103,545 in his challenge to Rivera, who’s had a difficult time raising money thanks mostly to the criminal probes.
Garcia got a boost from U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who headlined a fundraiser for him in September and whose political action committee contributed $5,000. Garcia has $77,126 in the bank to Rivera's $68,399.
Garcia's municipal background might come in handy this year. Challengers who "run like mayors" are going to do well, pledged Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., who heads up the DCCC. Voters are weary of ideologues, he said.
"People want problem solvers," he said. "If you run like a mayor, you can win."