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  Republicans wary of David Rivera scandal
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Last EditedCOSDem  Mar 15, 2011 08:08pm
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News DateWednesday, March 16, 2011 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFlorida Rep. David Rivera, under an ethical cloud and facing an expanding investigation into his finances, is in a political squeeze from Republicans in Washington and Miami just two months into his congressional tenure.

Republicans are already privately floating the names of potential primary challengers to Rivera, and on Capitol Hill he’s found himself increasingly isolated as leaders try to distance themselves from his troubles back home.

Top House Republicans organized a mid-February breakfast for freshmen who had participated in Young Guns, a fundraising and infrastructure support program for top recruits of the 2010 cycle. Rivera, who was a Young Gun, was left off the invitation list, a GOP source said.

Two weeks later, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) traveled to Miami for a fundraiser and didn’t even meet with Rivera. Cantor later told reporters he was “very concerned” about allegations regarding a misuse of campaign money before Rivera came to Congress. Cantor was in Miami once again last weekend and did not have an event with Rivera, a source said.

GOP officials say the harsh treatment is no accident — they want as much distance as possible from the beleaguered congressman, who is under investigation by several Florida law enforcement agencies regarding campaign finances and personal loans.
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