The ghost of David Rivera lingers over the fierce race for Florida’s southernmost congressional district.
Engulfed in scandals, he lost the seat two years ago and came in fourth place this year when he tried to win the Republican Party’s nomination again.
But his tainted legacy is never too far from his former opponents.
The man who won this year’s GOP primary, Carlos Curbelo, is campaigning as the anti-Rivera. The man Curbelo wants to defeat, Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia, is seeking reelection without having the vulnerable Rivera to use as target practice.
Garcia’s own 2012 political advertising — hammering Rivera as corrupt — has come back to haunt him.