His reputation tainted by scandal, former Miami Congressman David Rivera vowed he would return to politics.
He did — for 72 days. On Friday, just over two months after launching a new campaign for his old seat, Rivera has called it quits, at least for now.
Rivera, who is under federal investigation in a campaign-finance scheme, said Friday he is suspending his congressional bid.
But he said it had nothing to do with the FBI probe — which he refuses to discuss — and everything with a ruling Thursday from a judge in Tallahassee.
“As a congressional candidate affected by this decision, I will not be held hostage by Florida’s liberal activist judges,” he said in an email to supporters.
Rivera cited “great uncertainty” following the ruling that invalidated two of Florida’s congressional district boundaries — even though neither of the districts was the one Rivera sought to represent.
This post has been updated.