Miami congressional candidate Carlos Curbelo until recently represented two wealthy brothers convicted in Ecuador of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars, the Republican acknowledged Friday.
The family of Roberto and William Isaías, who live in Miami, hired Curbelo and his firm to try to turn public opinion against the Ecuadorean government, according to Curbelo.
“Our main goal was to disseminate information about the government of Ecuador’s human-rights violations, lack of due process and ties to other rogue regimes,” he said. He added that he and his firm, Capitol Gains, represented the family for three years, “until a few months ago.”
Curbelo confirmed the relationship to the Miami Herald after being asked about it in an interview taped earlier Friday with Herald news partner WFOR-CBS 4. The interview will air at 8 a.m. Sunday on Facing South Florida with Jim DeFede.
The Herald had learned about the relationship from Curbelo’s opponent, Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia, who recalled running into Roberto Isaías at a Capitol Hill office building last year while Isaías made the rounds with Curbelo to offices of members of Congress.