He is baaaack! David ‘Nine Lives’ Rivera is running for Florida State Rep again

Former Congressman David “Nine Lives” Rivera just sucked all the air out of the Florida State primary in August.

Rivera surprised everyone when he qualified to run for state representative in Open District 119 on Friday against a group of other Republicans who suddenly found themselves in an interesting situation, at national scale race.

That’s because David Rivera is Miami’s original and favorite Republican bad boy – Alex Diaz de la Portilla can go back to No. 2 for now – and has always been good for an outrageous title. He was once named “one of the most corrupt members of Congress” by Citizens for Accountability and Ethics in Washington.

But whether it’s funding ghost contestant OG, Justin Lamar Sternadin the Dem primary to weaken his possible opponent, Joe Garciaor ship his cohort and recurring girlfriend Ana Sol Alliegro in Nicaragua, funneling GOP money to his late mother’s dormant business, embezzling campaign funds, or concealing money he received while working as a consultant for a dog trail seeking approval from voters for slot machines – the charges against David Rivera never stand.

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He was reportedly the subject of one FBI investigation after another, but was never charged with anything.

In 2020, he was accused of taking $50 million from the Nicola Maduro Venezuelan government to lobby on behalf of the state-controlled oil industry, which may not be illegal but would be a 180 degree turn from its public stance against totalitarian regimes.

And last March, Rivera lost his appeal of a $456,000 fine from the Federal Election Commission for the shenanigans of the 2012 shadow candidate. It is one of the 15 largest fines ever handed down by the FEC.

Ooooooh. wait wait, Wait. Is that why he’s running again? Does he need a new source of income?

A state representative from 2002 to 2010, Rivera was elected to Congress for one term before being defeated by Garcia in 2012 in the newly drawn 26th District, despite the shadow candidate. He ran again in the 2014 primary but lost to Carlos Curbelo, obtaining only 7.5% of the vote. Two years later, he ran for State House, but lost to the former state representative. Robert Asencio — by 54 votes. Then he said he was going to report to District 105. But he didn’t.

In addition to his legislative duties, Rivera served as a state committee member for the Republican Party of Florida and executive director of the Republican Party of Miami-Dade. Pre Proud Boys (more on that later).

He’s also a BFF with the former Tallahassee roommate Marco Rubiowho faces his first real challenge this year since Val Demmings and is probably not too happy with this new development.

“I served this community as a state representative and congressman for 10 years,” Rivera said in a video uploaded to YouTube on Friday. “Whether at the United Nations or at Radio Martí, I have always fought to defend human rights and freedom for Cuba.

Looks like he’s joining the patriotic and anti-socialist movement. And could there be a better time for a David Rivera return?

In the post – which shows a slideshow that includes a photo of a 12-year-old Nine Lives with the President Ronald Reagan – Rivera seems to be campaigning more against the Miami Herald than any actual candidate. Perhaps because he has to cast doubt on the history of Venezuelan affairs, which could hurt him more than any aspirant.

“For decades I fought the Miami Herald’s lies. Now the Herald is trying to fabricate another lie, falsely tying me to the Venezuelan government,” he says in the 29-second video, a length that makes it perfect. for television. “But I have confidence that voters know my record and will reject the Herald’s new lie.”

True or false, the Maduro connection will come back – again and again.

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“If anything, it emboldens my campaign,” said Juan Carlos Porrasa former legislative aide who worked with State Rep. Alex Rizo the last two years. “I would love to talk to any South Florida voter to see if they would vote for someone who worked for the Venezuelan government.”

Porras is one of five Republican prospects who want to beat Rivera at the newly drawn 119 overall. He has been campaigning for weeks and qualified with more than 700 petitions. He says he knocked on 3,000 doors himself.

“Every voter pointed out that we need new blood, new people,” Porras told Ladra, adding that Rivera represents “the old and negative part of the party.

“And that’s not what people want anymore.”

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Rivera told Ladra his video statement was all he would say at this time. He will have more to say next week and is expected to be interviewed by Ninoska Perez on Tuesday.

“When the bull sees the red cape, he charges,” he texted Ladra, literally calling himself a bull. “It’s time for the Herald to pay the piper.”

Porras raised $44,378, according to the latest campaign report. Also in the running: Miami-Dade Area 11 Community Council Vice President Ashley Alvarez raised $3,400, personal injury lawyer Roberto Gonzalez raised $98,000 and loaned himself $17,000, hotelier Ricky Tsay – who would be the first Guatemalan-Tawainian-American elected to the State House – loaned himself $150,000 and raised $8,045, and teacher Jose Soto raised $2,375.

There’s a Democrat named Gabriel Gonzalezbut whoever wins the Aug. 23 primary in this Republican stronghold is likely the new state representative.

What could be the old state representative

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