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As rivals call on the FBI to examine a former mystery opponent of Congressman Joe Garcia, the Miami Herald has uncovered a new connection between them: Both used the same print shop for campaign mailers.
But the print shop, Image Plus Graphics, isn’t the only tie between Garcia and Jose Rolando “Roly” Arrojo, whose 2010 campaign violated federal campaign-finance disclosure rules.
Arrojo went to school and did business with Garcia’s top advisor, who was abruptly fired May 31 as the congressman’s chief of staff amid a state investigation into alleged absentee ballot-request fraud.
Arrojo, Garcia, and Garcia’s campaign have denied working in concert two years ago, but the mailers printed by the same vendor have led to new questions about the campaigns.
“I can assure you, we printed that piece and it has our permit number,” Image Plus Graphic’s president, Cliff Warren, told the Herald when shown Arrojo’s mailer.
“But I think it was done on the qt,” Warren said.
Warren said he couldn’t recall who paid for the Arrojo mailers or how many were printed two years ago, but he quickly identified Garcia campaign mailers printed by his shop over the years.