Here's the reaction from the Florida Democratic Party on news we broke yesterday that U.S. Rep. David Rivera, a Miami Republican, won't face criminal charges from a state investigation into his personal and campaign finances: Nothing has changed.
"Rivera is still under investigation by the FBI and IRS," said David Bergstein, a party spokesman. "He's still failing to raise money. He still doesn't have the support of the GOP. And he's still on the wrong side of the issues that matter to Florida's middle class, and we're still going to win FL-26."
Stephanie Formas of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee issued a similar statement: "Although the state statute of limitations for Congressman David Rivera on these criminal activities ran out, Rivera is still the focus of a FBI and an IRS probe for possible tax evasion," she said. "Democrats will defeat Rivera in November because of his extensive record of cover ups, lies and distortions."
You can bet the party and Rivera challenger Gloria Romero Roses will still be referring to the pending federal investigation against Rivera, and that they will stress that state prosecutors blame legal ambiguities and the statute of limitations for not charging the congressman. Politico reported Wednesday that the DCCC could spend $1.8 million in advertising in Miami -- presumably in Rivera's district, the only congressional district in play here -- as part of a broader media blitz.
But the bottom line is Rivera won't be charged, at least not by the Miami-Dade state attorney's office. And, for now, that puts him in a stronger position than he was two days ago.