Marco Rubio pal David Rivera responded to a lawsuit to remove him from the ballot today. Or I should say his campaign responded. Rivera himself was a no-show for the news conference. From the Miami Herald:
“Today Joe Garcia conceded defeat in his campaign for Congress,” wrote Leslie Veiga, Rivera’s communications director. “In his fervor to win, Garcia will do anything. This latest publicity stunt to knock David Rivera off the ballot, just shows that Garcia is a typical Washington-insider who thinks he should get his way – even if it means circumventing the democratic process and suing his way into office.
“Garcia is witnessing how voters are rejecting his candidacy because of continued personal attacks on Rivera and his relentless support for Pelosi’s failed economic policies, so his only hope of getting elected is by not having opposition.
“The complaint has no merit and we are confident that it will be thrown out.”
Two Rivera staffers appeared at the news conference along with lawyers who filed the suit to disqualify Rivera based on his financial disclosure forms which he submitted as a state representative.
Rivera campaigned with Marco Rubio just yesterday, with whom he also owns a home which was the subject of a foreclosure lawsuit.
Rivera is running against Democrat Joe Garcia, a former chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party and Obama administration official. He and Rubio spoke to reporters at the West Dade Regional Library.
“I’m honored to be here with some other exciting candidates that are on the ballot, beginning on the federal level with David Rivera, who’s a candidate for Congress and is doing a phenomenal job,” said Rubio, who served with Rivera in the Florida House until term limits forced him out in 2008. “I have no doubt that two weeks from yesterday, David will be the new congressman from District 25.”
Rivera and Rubio co-own a home together in Tallahassee that was briefly the subject of a foreclosure lawsuit after the mortgage went unpaid for five months, according to court documents. The matter was settled.
For the past four years, USAID was the only income reported by Rivera, aside from his $30,000 salary as a legislator. Since 2003, he has not reported income from consulting work, even though state ethics rules require the disclosure of any annual income over $1,000.Since Rubio has a financial commitment with Rivera, it seemed reasonable to ask him if he knew how Rivera earns his money. “You need to ask him,” Rubio said. “I’m here to talk about my campaign.”
Rivera said: “Look at the financial disclosure forms. They speak for themselves.”
Why, I believe those disclosure forms HAVE indeed spoken, and they say “l-a-w-s-u-i-t.”