Campaign 2010

Oct 21, 2010

One Week Later, Zero Answers from David Rivera (FL-25)

Scandals and lies have come to define David Rivera’s campaign (FL-25). The latest incident, surrounding Rivera’s discredited claims about his job history and income, raises even more questions about whether or not Rivera even knows how to tell the truth. Regardless, David Rivera has made one thing clear: he can’t be trusted in any capacity and is wrong for South Florida. 

“David Rivera’s latest legal scandal has South Floridians asking whether or not he even knows how to tell the truth,” said Jennifer Crider, spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “David Rivera doesn’t seem to understand that it is illegal to lie on disclosure forms and it is illegal to cover up your source of income.  How can voters trust David Rivera if he cannot be honest about something as basic as where he works?  David Rivera must come clean about his past.”

THE FACTS ON DAVID RIVERA’S LATEST SCANDAL:

Rivera repeatedly said in sworn documents over the last seven years that his main source of income came from consulting work he did for the U.S. Agency for International Development.  However, USAID has no record of ever hiring Rivera. [Miami Herald, 10/12/10]

In his disclosure forms, Rivera said he was also paid through a company called Millennium Marketing.  Rivera’s campaign has paid $30,000 to Millennium Marketing, a company where his mother is now listed as an officer. [Miami Herald, 10/12/10; Miami Herald, 10/19/10]

After the controversy broke and a formal complaint was filed, Rivera amended his financial reports and omited references to Millennium Marketing and USAID.  The amended forms raise serious ethical and legal questions about Rivera’s past. [Miami Herald, 10/19/10]

DAVID RIVERA’S HISTORY OF LYING:

Rivera lied and said he never launched a negative attack on his opponent, even though he did. “When confronted by the Daily News in Miami on Thursday, Rivera denied twice making the remark or ever using such a word in his life. When he was informed the Daily News had a copy of the radio interview, he redirected his attack by labeling Garcia’s supporters as agents of Castro’s regime.” [Naples Daily News, 9/11/10]

Rivera’s claim that he was endorsed by the Columbian government was discredited. The Miami Herald reported that a spokeswoman for the Columbian government said their letter was not to be interpreted as a political endorsement. [Miami Herald, 10/12/10]

Rivera’s explanation for past domestic violence allegations was discredited. Despite Rivera’s denials, the Miami Herald discovered that David Rivera did in fact have ties to the victim in question. [Miami Herald, 8/19/10]

Rivera’s explanation for a traffic accident where a truck carrying literature from a rival campaign was driven off the road was discredited.  CBS 4 Miami reported that police reports contradicted Rivera’s story about his role in the 2002 accident.  In the incident, a truck carrying flyers from a rival campaign, detailing alleged domestic violence charges, was driven off the road by David Rivera.   [CBS 4 Miami, 8/17/10]

Rivera’s explanation for foreclosure proceedings on a home he co-owns with Marco Rubio was discredited. According to CBS 4 Miami,  Rivera “denied that a bank began foreclosure proceedings on a house he owned with former House Speaker Marco Rubio even though property and foreclosure records clearly showed he did co-own the home.” [CBS 4 Miami, 8/17/10]

Rivera’s explanation for his ties to a local businessman was discredited. As CBS 4 Miami reported, Rivera “denied to the Miami Herald being friends with a principal of a group that advises companies on how to trade with Cuba despite several prominent witnesses who said the two men were close.” [CBS 4 Miami, 8/17/10]