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Tue Oct 2, 2012, 01:23 AM

Amid FBI probe, GOP prepares for Rivera indictment, loss and future successors

Source: Miami Herald

Posted on Monday, 10.01.12
Amid FBI probe, GOP prepares for Rivera indictment, loss and future successors

Republicans are so worried about bad poll numbers and a federal grand jury investigation into Rep. David Rivera that they’re starting to think about who will run in 2014. Even Sen. Marco Rubio is keeping his distance.

By Manny Garcia and Marc Caputo

Bracing for embattled U.S. Rep. David Rivera to be indicted or lose his election, Republicans have started lining up potential successors to regain the seat in 2014 if the congressman’s Democrat opponent defeats him in November.

The pressure has been building for about a month, but it boiled over last week after a series of stories by The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald documented that a candidate suspected of illegal campaign activities linked to Rivera has turned on the congressman.

For the past week, a group of Miami Republicans began mulling possible future candidates, who might even challenge Rivera in 2014 should he win the election in November.

Leading the list: Jeb Bush Jr., son and namesake of the popular former governor, and state Sen. Anitere Flores. Other names include Marili Cancio, a lawyer who challenged Rivera in the 2010 GOP primary; former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, who’s running for state House, and Miami-Dade School Board Member Carlos Curbelo.

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