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David Rivera, the former Miami congressman under investigation in a complicated campaign-financing scheme, said Thursday night that he intends to run again for the United States House of Representatives.
Rivera made his announcement on Spanish-language Mega TV and wouldn’t talk about the federal investigation, claiming it was the result of lies propagated by The Miami Herald, whose investigative work has resulted in one federal conviction and the recent federal indictment of the Republican’s close friend.
“I will not answer to the lies of the Miami Herald,” Rivera said on the political talk show Ahora con Oscar Haza.
“I will not deviate from the issues and [will] defeat Joe Garcia. "Rivera said he’s running due to a “leadership crisis,” calling Garcia “incompetent.”
Garcia declined comment about Rivera, who beat Garcia in 2010. Rivera then lost to the Democrat by about 10 percentage points in a 2012 rematch in the newly drawn District 26 boundaries that stretch from the Miami area to Key West.
Rivera’s announcement stunned Florida’s tough-to-surprise political world.