The political rise and fall of U.S. Rep. David Rivera (S. Florida Cuban "exile")
Posted on Sunday, 12.30.12
The political rise and fall of U.S. Rep. David Rivera
Outgoing U.S. Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, lived and breathed politics, but his penchant for playing the political game proved to be his ultimate downfall.
By Marc Caputo and Scott Hiaasen
For a decade, David Rivera was a political force to be reckoned with, the consummate operative who had a cat-like ability to survive any scrape ó even as investigations swirled around him.
This November, the congressmanís ninth life expired.
Voted out of office as the FBI and IRS pressed on with probes into his personal and campaign finances, Rivera officially becomes a private citizen Thursday. Rivera could be charged soon, sources familiar with the investigation say.
Despite the ongoing investigations, Rivera has steadfastly denied heís under any scrutiny and is already planning a comeback.
Rivera lived and breathed politics since and before his one term in Congress and four in the state Legislature. He was involved in every type of race: obscure party posts, local commission elections, contests for Florida House speaker, presidential races in the state and the winning campaigns of his close friend, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
More like the criminal game! Caputo is being kind, well I have to read the article to see how kind after all he gets the credit for busting him on various misdeeds. Where is Ana Alliegro I wonder? That had to be my favorite story of 2012!