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Five Questions About Rep. David Rivera's Scandalous Activities for House Republican Leadership

Tallahassee, FL — Following weeks of scandalous news surrounding Congressman David Rivera and his cronies — including yesterday’s explosive report by the Miami Herald revealing that failed candidate Lamar Sternad told federal law enforcement authorities that Rep. Rivera ran a shadow campaign for him “that might have broken federal laws” — the Florida Democratic Party today is issuing the five questions that House Republican Leaders Boehner, Cantor and Sessions should have to answer about Rivera’s actives: 

“House Republican leaders like Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader Cantor have some serious questions to answer about Congressman David Rivera’s nefarious and un-becoming conduct,” said Florida Democratic Party Spokesman David Bergstein. “The GOP should have to tell the American people whether their party stands with Rivera as he embarrasses the people of south Florida, or if they will join with Florida Democrats in condemning Rivera’s outrageously scandalous and likely illegal activities.” 


1. Is Republican leadership willing to campaign, or even been seen with Congressman David Rivera? “Rivera has little campaign money and, apparently, few friends left among party leaders. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney held a rally recently in Rivera’s district — but Rivera was conspicuously absent.” [NPR, 9/25/12

2. Does Republican leadership condone running shadow campaigns for Democrats?“Justin Lamar Sternad, whose failed congressional campaign became the subject of a federal grand-jury investigation, has told the FBI that U.S. Rep. David Rivera was secretly behind his run for office, The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald have learned.” [Miami Herald, 9/25/12

3. Is David Rivera referred to by his nickname, “The Gangster,” in caucus meetings?“Sternad said Alliegro referred to the congressman by his initials, ‘D.R.,’ and called him by the nickname, ‘The Gangster.’” [Miami Herald, 9/25/12

4. Do House Republicans besides David Rivera use Ana Alliegro as a campaign consultant? “She then sat naked at a desk with her leg up and compared the gun to a male sexual organ. ‘If you think your [expletive] is powerful (showing the gun), this is mine,’ Alliegro told Cosicher, who tried to ignore her by going to make coffee, a report said. Alliegro followed him and told him to sit on the couch. She fired a round into the ceiling. ‘You see. It’s loaded — this is business,’ Alliegro allegedly said. He tried to leave.” [Miami Herald, 9/25/12]  

5. In light of David Rivera’s scandals, does Rep. Eric Cantor stand by his “zero tolerance” ethics policy? “A Republican majority would take a “zero tolerance” policy toward ethics violations, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pledged Wednesday” [The Hill, 8/11/10


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