When asked if the scandals nagging him have harmed his campaign, Congressman David Rivera was quick with a denial.
"Not at all," Rivera told Ch. 10's Michael Putney. "That's wishful thinking on the media's part."
Rivera's fundraising report support the media stories and not the Republican's denials, however. Once a prodigious fundraiser, Rivera hauled in just $82,290.32. That might be the lowest amount raised by any seriously challenged Republican incumbent in the nation.
The National Republican Campaign Committee hasn't helped him at all. Republican Mitt Romney's campaign has kept its distance. His close friend, Sen. Marco Rubio, helped him raise money months ago but has since kept away. Rubio, however, did raise money for another Miami Republican congressman, Mario Diaz Balart, this Friday. Diaz-Balart has raised less than Rivera, though the congressman isn't under investigation from the FBI and faces an opponent who has changed his name to VoteForEddie.com.
Diaz-Balart has more money in the bank than Rivera, who had $307,000 cash on hand, according to his last quarterly report. Rivera still carries $138,000 in debt.
That's more than Rivera's opponent, Joe Garcia, who has just $216,000 in the bank. But Garcia vastly outraised Rivera by nearly 5-fold, hauling in $389,000 and spending $304,000 to Rivera's $20,000.
But the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has decided not to help anymore. It says Garcia's got the race in hand, so it's pulling its ad buy in the Kendall-Key West district. It might be a safe bet. But the standing line in Florida is that you don't bet against David Rivera. But, Democratic insiders say, the DCCC has no clue how to win Florida races.
This is, after all, the same DCCC that failed to support its chosen candidate, Luis Garcia, despite his raising a good amount of money. Garcia blasted the DCCC, decided to run for county commission instead and is considering leaving the Democratic Party. Because, ya know, the Democrats need fewer blue-collar Cubans in their ranks.
Way to go, DCCC.
No wonder John Boehner's still House speaker and will likely remain so.