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Top Republican: David Rivera seen "in a very favorable light"

Texas Republican Rep. Pete Sessions -- who is heading up his party's 2012 re-election efforts in the House -- tells The Hill that the criminal investigation dogging David Rivera hasn't affected his performance.

"David Rivera is a brand new member of our delegation from Miami who is doing a very good job in his duties up here," Sessions told The Ballot Box. "He's very active as a member of his freshman class. He's getting his job done and I think that he's seen in a very favorable light."

Democrats immediately seized on the remarks, noting that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Monday he was "very concerned" about the investigations.

"If NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions thinks Representative David Rivera’s criminal investigations and ethical conflicts puts him in a favorable light, you’re left wondering what would be unfavorable," said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  

Rivera has sought to project an air of normalcy, quizzing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about U.S.- Cuba policy at Tuesday's House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing and joining fellow Republicans in pressing President Barack Obama to pass pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.