For the second time in a week, David Rivera, the embattled former Miami congressman who claimed he had suspended his campaign for his old seat, has reached out to voters through automated telephone calls.
This time, we have the audio recording of the call, in which Rivera tells voters, in Spanish, to ignore "the false campaign by the Miami Herald" and vote for him in the Aug. 26 Republican primary for Congressional District 26. (Thanks for the free publicity!)
"It's Congressman David Rivera," Rivera says on the call. "Your ballot to vote should have already arrived. And although the false campaign by the Miami Herald continues, I will keep fighting for our best interests. That's why I ask that you vote for a conservative fighter like me, David Rivera, for Congress. Fill out your ballot and send it by mail today, voting for a conservative Republican like me, David Rivera. Thank you and may God bless you."
"Political advertisement paid for by David Rivera for Congress."
The call comes a few days after new filings in a federal court case revealed for the first time that Rivera is "Co-conspirator A" in the criminal investigation into a 2012 campaign-finance scheme. Rivera has denied wrongdoing but refused to comment on -- or even acknowledge -- the investigation, which is but the latest in a series of controversies to tarnish his reputation.
Rivera didn't report raising any campaign funds as of June 30. Robocalls are among the cheapest campaign tools available to candidates.
His opponents who have been campaigning all along -- Carlos Curbelo, Ed MacDougall, Joe Martinez and Lorenzo Palomares-Starbuck -- have said little about Rivera's latest foray into the race. On Friday, Martinez told Spanish-language television host Roberto Rodríguez Tejera that voters are tired of candidates waffling.
"In Washington," Martinez said, "we already have enough indecision."