Former Rep. David Rivera loves holding political office. He loves it so much that he once allegedly funded a ringer candidate in a primary race against his Democratic opponent.
Miami-Dade voters apparently no longer like having Rivera in political office, though. After serving a single term in the U.S. House, Rivera was defeated in 2012. He tried to make a comeback in
It hasn't deterred Rivera. He's running for office again.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Rivera emailed his supporters Wednesday — from his personal Comcast email account — to announce he'll run for the Florida House of Representatives in District 118.
The district is currently represented by Frank Artiles, a controversial guy in his own right, but Artiles has announced he's now seeking a seat in the state Senate.
Rivera previously spent eight years
The news also comes just a week after New Times reported Rivera is being investigated for possibly battering Ana Alliegro. She's the self-described "Republican bad girl" who was a central figure in the alleged scheme to run a ringer candidate. A Miami Police probe into the incident is ongoing. Rivera has dismissed the accusation and, in
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That saga, of course, is just the latest accusation to pop up against Rivera. Amazingly, he has never received more than a slap on the wrist for his many alleged misdeeds, but the investigation into his 2012 campaign shenanigans is ongoing. Forget Hillary Clinton's email scandal — there is still a very real possibility Rivera could be indicted before Election Day in November.
Rivera hopes his supporters will become part of "The 100," the first 100 donors to his campaign.
The district is drawn in favor of Republicans, but all of Rivera's troubles may be good news for Robert Asencio, a former Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police captain, who is currently the only Democrat running.