FLORIDA 26 (D -- GARCIA)

Rivera Enters Race Despite Investigation; Curbelo Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Jack Fitzpatrick
May 2, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

Former Rep. Dav­id Rivera (R) has entered the race against Rep. Joe Gar­cia (D), des­pite be­ing un­der fed­er­al in­vest­ig­a­tion for an al­legedly il­leg­al cam­paign-fin­ance scheme. An FBI in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to Rivera’s 2010 elec­tion has led to one Demo­crat­ic can­did­ate ad­mit­ting that his “cam­paign was fun­ded with about $82,000 in il­leg­al cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions, which were used, in part, to bash Gar­cia to the be­ne­fit of Rivera.” Rivera an­nounced his can­did­acy Thursday night and de­clined to ad­dress the in­vest­ig­a­tion, which was promp­ted by the Miami Her­ald’s re­port­ing. “I will not an­swer to the lies of the Miami Her­ald,” he said. (Miami Her­ald)

CUR­BELO SUP­PORTS GAY MAR­RIAGE. Miami-Dade County School Board mem­ber Car­los Cur­belo (R) said at a Log Cab­in Re­pub­lic­ans event that he sup­ports same-sex mar­riage. “I have many gay friends,” he said. “They are hard-work­ing people. They love this coun­try. And quite frankly I think most of them would be Re­pub­lic­an if some in our party wouldn’t ex­press them­selves in such an un­for­tu­nate way.” (Miami Her­ald)

Cur­belo, who has a his­tory with Rivera, also put out a state­ment Thursday con­demning cor­rup­tion and in­vest­ig­a­tions in both parties and cast­ing his cam­paign as an ef­fort to re­store pub­lic trust. (re­lease)

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